Today I am joined by fellow author, Des Birch. Thanks for taking part in my quick-fire Q&A!
When were you happiest?
Diving or snorkeling on a reef.
What is your greatest fear?
Bears, heights and Hagfish.
What is your earliest memory?
Sitting on a beach in Blackpool. I had a bucket and spade, and I was fishing out tiny crabs from a tidal pool in the sand.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
I have met a few people who I really admire, but their names would not be familiar to most people.
What is the trait you deplore most in yourself?
Ahh, so many to choose from. I guess it would be self-doubt after releasing a book.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Salted peanuts. I think I am addicted.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
I wouldn’t want to bore you with it. Suffice it to say that I only stayed three days.
What is the love of your life?
Apart from my wife, Julie, it has to be the natural world.
Which phrases do you most overuse?
None, I hope.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Go back? I’m too busy going forward.
When did you last cry, and why?
Last year at the funeral of a young and close friend.
How do you relax?
Fishing or walking.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I was solo diving in the North Sea, 100 feet down, when I became trapped under a cargo net. Fortunately I’m not a person to panic and I eventually managed to free myself.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising my children on my own through the 80’s, when it was less usual for a father to do so.
What keeps you awake at night?
Some nights my mind won’t switch off. It can be anything from a story I’m writing, to a serious problem.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Something to make my mourners mourn less. I have written a verse to be read at my funeral.
How would you like to be remembered?
As having given more to life, than I have taken from it. I believe it is all any of us can hope for.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There is no practice for life: this is it.
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