Radha Thomas has spent her life obsessingâ€¦ about jazz. Writing. Men. Getting the most out of a toothpaste tube. Her son. She thought she was alone. But thanks to Facebook, she isnâ€™t. She is surrounded by a sea of like-minded sociopaths and that makes her feel very secure. Kidding, of course. She is a jazz singer and songwriter. Her first novel, Men on My Mind, the first in a trilogy, was published in December 2012.
QDescribe your favourite writing space.Anywhere, really. On the couch, at the dining table, at work â€” basically any noisy place, as long as people donâ€™t ask me too many questions as I am trying to concentrate.
QDo you have a writing schedule?Yes. Until itâ€™s done. As I said, Iâ€™m a bit obsessive, so I write till I am fresh out of anything to say. Then I wait for inspiration to kick in so that I can start again. I donâ€™t like to keep things pending, hanging, so my schedule is dictated by deadlines.
QEver struggled with writerâ€™s block?All the time. I try not to panic and it usually passes. But Iâ€™m always terrified that it wonâ€™t.
QWhat inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?A snatch of conversation, a thought, a phrase, and lyrics â€” they help me get started. I note them down faithfully, hoping these â€śinspirationsâ€ť are momentous revelations, but most often I toss it all out. When I sit down to write, it all flows in a torrent. When Iâ€™m writing, I donâ€™t read anyone else. And when Iâ€™m composing I wonâ€™t listen to anyone else either. I feel it may compromise me.
QCoffee/tea/cigarettes â€” numbers please â€” while you are writing?Club soda. No coffee. No cigarettes. No food. Itâ€™s hard to type with sticky fingers.
QWhich books are you reading at present?Madeleine Albrightâ€™s Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. Iâ€™ve just begun it, but it promises to be fascinating. Iâ€™ve had it on my Kindle for a few months, but I couldnâ€™t get to it because I was busy. She was brought up without knowing she was Jewish.
QWho are your favourite authors?P.J. Oâ€™Rourke, William Safire, P.G. Wodehouse.
QWhich book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste?I really couldnâ€™t say. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair to comment on something so subjective. People in glass houses and allâ€¦
QWhich is the most under-rated book?Hmmm. I donâ€™t know if it counts, but I believe the thesaurus? Of course, itâ€™s online now but every English-speaking human being ought to own/use one.
QWhich are your favourite childrenâ€™s books?I loved reading Enid Blyton as a child... every single series I could get my hands on.