Six questions to… Alex Hourston

After fifteen years writing strategy for advertising agencies, Alex Hourston took a break to go back to university and her first love, books. She completed a Masters in English and started a PhD, but put it aside to write her debut novel In My House which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2013.

What was your first job?

Folding brochures

Which author has inspired you most?

Anne Enright

What are you reading now?

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Which is your favourite fairy tale?

The Snow Queen

Which fictional character would you most like to spend time with – and why?

Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye if I, too, could be 16 again and unsupervised in New York for a day!

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

A younger Nana Mouskouri if she fancied an acting gig.

• Alex Hourston will be featured Crawley WORDfest’s New Faces of Fiction at 7pm, Wednesday 29th April at Crawley Library

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