Here are 18 of my favourite questions children have asked me, and five of my favourite pics
Q: Which three words describe you best?
A: It depends who you ask!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: An artist or poet.
Q: What were you like at school?
A: I had phases – I was cheerful in the infants, stroppy in the juniors, sporty at the start of Secondary, moody in the middle and silent in the sixth form.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My house because it contains all my other most treasured possessions
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
A: Singing, walking, swimming in the sea (summer only!) and chatting to my favourite people on the phone.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
A: Wildlife warden, mountain rescuer, deep sea diver – well, you did say ‘attempt’!
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
A: My grandfather, on my dad’s side – he died before I was born.
Q: Have you got any pets?
A: We used to have a rabbit called Shintie, who lived indoors. His favourite pastimes were eating the paper and watching neighbours.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?
A: Kindness and good humour
Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?
A: I’d like to be six inches taller – I don’t like the way my children are all much bigger than me!
Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
A: Shetland. I found it so interesting I went for a holiday and stayed for a decade.
Q: What are you good at?
A: Being self-motivated and trying new things.
Q: What are you bad at?
A: Being patient and sticking to timetables.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
A: I couldn’t say. They’re like surprise presents someone leaves at your door. The important thing is to keep the door open.
Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
A: It comes and goes – I mostly don’t think of myself as being any particular age
Q: Who was your childhood hero?
A: My dad.
Q: What are your proudest achievements?
A: Most of my books and all of my children.
Q: What has life taught you?
A: How wonderful it is, even the bumpy bits.