Every new blog needs a Frequently Asked Questions post. So, these are my FAQs with a twist. So many people ask me these things… Please stop.
- Do you have a boyfriend?
No. Please proceed to ask me actual questions about things like my happiness or my interests (do men get asked straight away if they have partners? Curious).
- What’s your type?
YA Fantasy mostly, but I read all kinds of genres.
- What are you looking for?
An agent, a book deal, and an apartment where I can make one room into a library/ office. (Oh, you mean boyfriends? Yeah…none.)
- Do you realise the clock is ticking?
Yes, but the world is populated enough without my sprogs. (No offence to your own sprogs, I love them dearly.)
- Do you realise what you’re missing?
No. I get a whole double bed to myself. Next question….
- Have you thought about your future? You don’t want to die alone.
It may surprise you to hear this but a woman can actually survive and be happy alone. Gasp! I’ll fetch a couch in case you swoon.
- *Insert some grossly inappropriate and massively invasive question about sex*? No comment. I will not answer this question. It’s literally none of your business.
In short, I’m a strong independent woman who don’t need no man. I’ve done a heck of a lot in my life, (such as: Written five full novel manuscripts, a play, a screen play, a collection of poetry, been longlisted for a novel award, a finalist for a writing competition judged by Michael freaking Morpurgo, earned two degrees, lived in America, travelled around the world…) ask me about those things. This boyfriend topic is old and tired. Frankly, I’m sick of talking about it. Sicker still by the idea none of my achievements above seem to count if I don’t also have a boyfriend. It’s 2018, Me Too, Times Up, etc. Move on.
[Before anyone gets angry and offended: No, I don’t have a single issue with other people being in relationships. You’re happy and I LOVE that. I also love reading about love stories (may I refer you to A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I just finished the audiobook and it’s awesome) I’m just not fussed about my own. Never say never, but also, meh.]