Q&A with Colette McBeth

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Crime Files gets up close and personal with Colette McBeth! Plus you can download a complete Reading Guide for her latest book, for The Life I Left Behind.

Posted on January 8, 2015 in Author Q&A
Tags: Colette McBeth, Q&A

When I was a child I wanted to be…
Prime Minister. I was a very opinionated and could argue with my own shadow. I remember when I was nine we had a mini General Election at school and I was a candidate. I lost out to my friend. That says it all.

The moment that changed me forever…
Having my children.

A book that changed me…
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I read it in my early teens. It opened my eyes and made me believe anything is possible.

My favourite form of exercise…
Running, although I do it mainly in my boot camp sessions now. I try to go at least three times a week because I’m forced to work much harder than I ever would myself. It’s also very sociable which is a nice contrast to working on my own.

My go-to recipe…
Lately anything from the Persiana cookbook. Spice perfumed shoulder of lamb goes down amazingly well.

If I could take one track…
That’s a difficult ask. Probably one that reminds me of my clubbing days. ‘Gat Decor Passion’ is a clas¬sic.

If I have time to myself…
I take a book to the coffee shop round the corner from my house. They do very good coffee and I’m not distracted by piles of washing.

My house is…
A work in progress. I have a thing for renovations. As soon as we’re finished one I start looking for a project on Rightmove.

My most treasured possession…
The cards my kids have made me. I keep them in a drawer in my desk.

My guilty pleasure is…
Country and western music. I wanted ‘Islands in the Stream’ for the first dance at my wedding. Funnily enough my husband refused.

My favourite ‘it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it’ DVD is…
Dirty Dancing. I’m very suspicious of anyone who doesn’t share my love of it.

My special place is…
The beach and the sea. I grew up next to it and I still find living in a city tough sometimes. As soon as I go to the coast my head clears.

In 10 years’ time I hope to…
Be writing more novels and better novels.

What I’d like to leave behind…
A smile.

Where I’d like to be now…
On a beach of course.

My life in six words…
Busy, messy, loud, full, scary, satisfying.

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