Welsh writer and playwright Rachel Trezise is the author of ‘Fresh Apples’, the inaugural Dylan Thomas prize winner 2005, ‘In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl’, and ‘Dial M for Merthyr’. Her first radio play ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play slot 2008. Her first venture into theatre, ‘I Sing of a Maiden’, a conversation between the ancient and contemporary, exploring teenage pregnancy and interspersed with folk song performed by Charlotte Greig, played to sell-out audiences in Wales in 2007 and is still on tour. Rachel’s most recent book ‘Sixteen Shades of Crazy’ is now out in paperback.
What’s the first record you ever bought? Kylie by Kylie Minogue, regrettably.
What’s your favourite smell? Jeyes Fluid.
Have you ever had a nickname? Not that I know of.
What’s your favourite room in your house? Utility room. I love putting the washing in and pegging it out.
What are your guilty pleasures? Cigarettes. Chocolate.
What would people be surprised to know about you? That I’m pathetically shy. People think I’m an arrogant lush, but I can’t look anyone but my husband in the eye without a drink inside me. And that I believe in God.
Who is your closet female friend? Lisa Hocking.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Barbell in the tongue. Butterfly on the foot. Initial on the belly. Dancing girl down the back of the arm. My brother’s a tattooist. I get them for birthdays and Christmas.
Where would you most like to live? New York, not forever but until I’m bored of the concrete.
Who was your first kiss and where did it happen? Robert something – I can’t remember his surname, in a lane, in the south Wales valleys.
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked? A journalist asked me once if my writing would be so dark had I been born in California, to which I replied, ‘How can I answer that?’ To which he replied, ‘Easy, think about it.’
What’s the best present you’ve ever received? My engagement ring on my 23rd birthday.
What’s your favourite word? Disco. Not sure why, I can’t dance.
Who was your first love? Duff McKagan.
If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become? Forgettable.
Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone? Beloved by Toni Morrison.
What happens when we die? Our bodies rot, our souls find new homes.
What female historical figure do you most admire? Rosa Parks.
Sum yourself up in three words: Hungry and tired.
And finally, what are you anti? What are you pro? Anti-ignorance, anti-injustice, anti-cruelty. Pro-reading, pro-philanthropy, pro-cake.