When you are not writing how do you spend a day?
I’m one of those people who obsessively makes lists of things to do, then sits around on the internet not doing anything much. If the road to hell really is paved with good intentions, then I am well and truly damned.
I read a lot, and try to catch C4 News every day, but I’m aware I spend too much time in my own head. I’m a terrible social media addict, and spend about half of every day checking my notifications and debating things online – that has got a lot worse since Brexit and British politics went into freefall. I do try and get outdoors as much as I can, even if it’s just for a stroll. I keep meaning to take up meditation and give my monkey mind a rest, but of course I never get round to it.
Have you ever seen anyone reading/buying a copy of your book 'in the wild'?
No! This is literally one of my greatest ambitions. I have seen a few photos of my books in shops, pictures that people have been kind enough to send me, so I make do with that.
If your bucket list could only contain a single holiday destination where would it be?
New York. I will never ever get tired of New York.
What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith. Loved it. I can’t get enough of Alan Bennett.
Which concert/theatre production (from any place or time) do you really wish you could have attended?
The opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics. I have almost zero interest in sport, and next to no sense of patriotism, so I wasn’t going to bother watching it on the telly. Then my partner persuaded me to watch the first half an hour. Cue me sobbing through the whole thing. I was absolutely blown away, and it’s about the only time I can recall feeling truly proud of my country.
What is your favourite meal?
Gawd… have had to really think about this one. I’m not much of a foodie, to be honest, but probably fish and chips sitting outside at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, overlooking Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour in Sydney.
Which book(s) has made the best transition to a film/tv series?
I was really impressed with the film version of Room, which I loved as a book.
If you had to select a reality TV show to appear on which would it be?
Oh god. I hardly watch them, to be honest, though had a Big Brother addiction back in the day. It would have to be something where I couldn’t make too much of an arse of myself. Actually, I can’t think of anything worse than appearing on one. I’m going to have to pass!
Recommend one book but not one of your own.
The Master and Margarita by Mixhael Bulgakov. Sheer genius.
Describe yourself in three words.
Short. Gobby. Opinionated.
About Ava Marsh
Ava Marsh grew up in Margate, Kent. A former broadsheet journalist, she now works freelance in the charity sector and writes novels.
Ava lives in Battersea, London. Her hobbies include running, kayaking and photography.
Her first novel – UNTOUCHABLE – is now out now with Transworld in the UK and Berkley in the US/Canada.
Her second – EXPOSURE – follows in June 2016.
By Ava Marsh
Published by Transworld/Corgi (16 June 2016)
Kitty Sweet isn’t like anyone you’ve ever met before.
She’s an infamous porn star, imprisoned for double murder. As damaged as she is charismatic, as dangerous as she is charming.
But once no different from you or I.
Kitty’s past is full of heartbreak and desperation, of adulation and glamour. Of ruin. She’s descended to an underworld most people can only imagine, and lived to tell the tale . . .
This is her story.
Buy Exposure from Amazon here
Read my review of Untouchable here. Review of Exposure coming soon.