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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.