About Emily Baugh
E.V. Baugh is a UK author from the south of England, where she lives with her husband and three children. An avid reader and daydreamer. Temporary Shift is her debut novel.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live on the Isle of Wight with my husband and three sons. I love living on an island. The sea has always been an important part of my life. I had an unconventional childhood; my parents took me away sailing for long periods when I was a girl, on the family’s beautiful but somewhat leaky, old wooden gaff-rigged boat. I’ve since sailed the Atlantic from the UK to the Caribbean and back (almost), which was an amazing adventure, only marred by my husband falling and very badly breaking his leg, not on the boat but on an overexcited landfall in the Azores, it was to be the final leg of our journey! (no pun intended!), and ended with an emergency flight back to England for surgery.
I’ve had an odd variety of jobs in my life, from candyfloss making, waitressing, stewardessing on a canal barge through the French canals, hotel cleaning to office temping - but luckily never in a physics laboratory (Temporary Shift reference).
As a happy, busy mum, I certainly don’t get the time to get bored. But I found writing to be a wonderful escape, dreaming up new plots and characters whilst doing the more mundane chores, and then writing them down in the evenings when the kids have gone to bed. I actually came up with the very first seed of the idea for Temporary Shift whilst washing up.
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
I love books so much. I know you shouldn’t judge them by their covers but sometimes they are just like irresistible treasures. Having said that, I have also grown to love my kindle; I have a whole library at my fingertips and best of all, the kids can’t inexplicably pull out my bookmark anymore! For holiday reading I would choose something light and funny such as Jenny Colgan’s Operation Sunshine, or Molly’s Millions by Victoria Connelly.
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
I’m rather lazy, and being fair and freckly I burn almost instantly (think Wizard of Oz witch when she gets splashed with a little water), so for me I think a hammock in the shade somewhere with a good book and the sound of the kids playing contentedly nearby would suit me best.
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
Hmmm hobbies, and I can’t choose reading or writing? I like non-competitive badminton, swimming, sailing, sewing, painting and drawing, easy walks with the family (preferably followed by a pub lunch), watching movies, daydreaming, singing badly, and dancing when no one’s looking.
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
I try to draw on my experiences for my writing, but some of it just comes from the muddle of my grey matter, from my dreams and from feelings.
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Perhaps I would be Charlie, from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – but only for a day, as I’d hate to make myself sick of chocolate!
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
I read in bed almost every night usually until my kindle drops or falls on my face or my husband’s pillow. I’m still working towards the hammock under a palm tree scenario.
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
I love travelling, but unfortunately haven’t been able to afford much in the way of holidays since having the kids. I loved the deep blue skies of Canada, the friendly remoteness of New Zealand, and the tropical paradise of the Caribbean and Fiji. I would happily settle for a nearer-by trip to France; there’s nothing like proper French bread and croissants! I’ve never been to Greece, so perhaps that should be next on my list (daydreams of turquoise waters).
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
My advice would be to step out into the wide world and travel, book a holiday to anywhere and see what it inspires. Life is food for our imaginations and dreams!
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
I have lots of ideas buzzing around in my head at the moment. I especially enjoyed writing the chapter ‘Floating on a Starry Sea’ in Temporary Shift, and I think I may be drawn to writing something sailing related. Not all sailing stories should be for rugged old sailors (no offence Dad ☺ ).
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