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Ask Caryl...

Ask Caryl...
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Q&A with author Caryl Lewis:

Where are you from? What’s your background?

I’m originally from the Aeron Valley. I grew up in Aberaeron before moving to a farm near the village of Dihewyd when I was 12.

How do you start writing a novel?

Every author's process is different. I think about a novel for two or three years before I start writing and then I put down words very quickly on paper.

What’s your ambition?

To be happy.

What are your likes and dislikes?

Likes: Sitting in front of the fire on a cold day.

Dislikes: Rude people.

What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time?

I don’t have much leisure time - I have three young children. But I like to keep bees and read books.

The funniest thing that’s happened to you?

I remember being mistaken for someone else. I pretended to be that person all day to avoid embarrassment!

The most interesting place you have visited?

Cors Caron nature reserve - a wonderful place.

Your favourite Welsh book?

My favorite book changes all the time - but I like ‘Traed Mewn Cyffion’ by Kate Roberts

Your favourite Welsh word?

Splendigedig – it's not a real word – a mix of splendid and ‘bendigedig’ (wonderful) - but my kids are using it, and now I am too!

Any message to Welsh learners?

Don’t be afraid to speak Welsh - I love it when learners talk to me. I admire their commitment and energy.

Describe yourself in three words.

Messy. Energetic. Curious.