Interviews with Authors: Val Penny
Updated: Nov 22, 2018
My guest today is Val Penny an American author living in SW Scotland. Her crime novels, are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books.
Hunter's Chase is the first and Hunters Revenge is the second.
The third book in the series, Hunter's Force, is soon to come.
Welcome aboard Val...
Question 1: Looks like we’re heading for a nuclear apocalypse how would you spend the final days.
In the event of a nuclear apocalypse, I would want to spend my time cuddling my daughters, my grandbaby and handsome hubby. In fact, I quite like to spend days doing that even if there is no danger about!
Nice answer Val
Question 2: When it comes to writing what are the excuses you use not to sit down and write.
My goodness! I am a most accomplished procrastinator! I can use the excuses of baking a cake, patting the cat, phoning family or friends for a catch up or, the best procrastination technique of all, social media! But in the end, they all lose out and I want to write, come what may.
So many cats-so many chats
Question 3: What teacher inspired you a):-laugh in the face of adversity, B) hide in the face of adversity c) or just how to spell it properly?
It took me a very long time to learn that adversity affects every life, it is not just out to get me. Perhaps, if I had had a teacher who made me aware of this earlier, life would have been easier.
Who listens at that age?
Question 4: What school friend inspired A) you to something bad, b) do something good and, c) give up on the human race (momentarily)
School friends are amazing creatures. I am privileged to know some people I have been friendly with since the age of six. In that time, we have each prompted the others to act foolishly, but most of the time we have been there to encourage the best from each other. And we still get together to put the world to rights, from time to time.
Pals since six impressive.
Question 5: Name three celebrities who get on your tits, wick or something similar?
Celebrities who take themselves too seriously, or who are famous, just for being famous, will always get on my nerves. Probably top of my list is Tom Cruise, but Katie Price and Russell Brand have to be there too.
Question 6: Pick the perfect method for torturing people who interrupt you when you are talking.
Question 7: What is the most useless, waste of space advice you have been given?
Lots of advice has been wasted on me, because I am not good at taking advice. However, the least helpful was ‘Just do what you want to do, because everything will turn out OK.” Because it doesn’t and it never will!
I'd like to know what it was you wanted to do?
Question 8: You’re God for a day what changes would you make to this planet of ours?
I would never presume to be God for any length of time, but I would love to make all politicians live as the poorest in their communities do, for a day and see how that changed their views.
Question 9: Ok now you are the devil for a day?
Make the politicians on society live as the poorest in their communities for a year!
Question 10: What sort of comedy do you find not funny?
I am not keen on slapstick comedy nor comedy that is vulgar or cruel. I like wit and satire, clever comedy.
Thank you Val it was a pleasure to blog your answers.
Val Penny has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
You can find out more from Val on her webstie below