Ruby Smith interviews best selling Romani Author Louise Doughty

31 January 2018
Ruby Smith

I have about 8 questions, the first one is Why did you choose to write ‘Stone Cradle’ and ‘Fires in the dark’ about Roma?

‘Stone Cradle’ is very much my family ancestry, my family were Cambridge’s Smith, I don’t know how much you know, do you know Cambridgeshire at all?  Where do you live?  

I live in Hertfordshire

Right my great granddad was a horse sealer in Cambridgeshire and we heave loads and loads of stories about him when we were growing up and it is quite of big part of family mythology, it’s actually my father’s mother who was the Smith and that was the las

originally a Smith but then she became Lee eventually, she always said that she came to this country on the ship with a big white sale which would have been sometime around 1850’s 1860’s but we are not too sure we are just going on the family stories, so

I haven’t actually read ‘Fires in the dark’ I have got it but I haven’t read it yet

It’s quite a big one, it is a quite fat book

No it’s not that I’m just in a bit phase of vampires at the minute, true blood and vampire diaries, interview the vampire is all what I’m reading

Yeah both of my girls where really into those on one stage

I love vampires, but I have read ‘Stone Cradle’ and I love that

Thank you that’s kind of you and you gave that great review that is really nice of you

My second question is who are your writing inspirations and why?

O gosh there is a loads of them I really love Margaret Atwood who is Canadian writer I think she is fantastic, American writer I love Tony Morrison who’s written a loads about flavour and the deep South America, British writers I love Hilary Mantel , Hel

List could go on forever

It really could

Next question is would you write another book about Roma and why?

That is an interesting question you know because what was interesting about those two book is they got very good reviews but they didn’t sell practically and I think at the time they were published which was 2003 and 2006 it wasn’t much interest or unders

I’m definitely looking forward to it, When did you realised you first want it to be a writer

When I was really very young I used to make up stories a lot when I was at the school I made up which I called my first novel when I was 11 and gave it a cupboard cover because I wanted to be hard back and it was about a bunch of horses which is rather so

University of East Anglia I think I have been looking on that one, I’ve just started year 10

I chose business study, History Spanish and triple science

O wow you doing triple science you must be really cleaver, very hardworking or both

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

That is really hard; I actually think about myself phenomenally boring I spend most of my life in the room on my own making up stories, I’m left handed and I’m very clumsy whenever we buy any new crockery my husband gets it out of the bag and say should w

I still manage to break a stuff I’m not really clumsy but I manage to brake the stuff.

I think there is something to do of being left handed in my occasion I think I’m just so poorly coordinated

I had laptop once that I used to write a story’s on and I spill water on it a week after I got it.

How come you ended up doing stuff for The Travellers Times?

My mum knew the editor of it and he had a couple of books needed reviewing so kind of floating around the house for a while I said mum …. reviewing for the Travellers magazine I was like I will do it I don’t mind it will take me a couple of minutes so I h

You never know, there is a more money with … then there is the novel I write

What would you say to interesting writing quark?

I definitely need coffee in need caffeine and my most important time of the day for writing is when I have that first sip of the coffee, so I’ll wait until I’m ready to sit at my desk before I take it because there something about that first sip of coffee

What does your family think about your writing?

I’m not sure I think they quite proud of me, certainly when I started as a young writer my parents were worried about it because is not a stable way of earning your living, its insecure profession and take years and years to get published so they were qui

Quite cool thing, do you hear from your readers much?

I do occasionally and I really like it. I love it when the readers gets in touch, sometimes they send letters to my agent or to my publisher or sometimes they will contact me on twitter and there is just nice to know there is readership out there because

That is the last question, what is your favourite thing that your readers have said?

I think the favourite thing that I ever had was a women who wrote to me from Surrey after she read ‘Fires in the dark’ and she wrote to me and said I never understood before the Romaine were prosecuted during the second ward war and now I have read your b

I get it it’s nice that you have changed somebody’s mind

Yes, someone said ’ when you read a novel you get to walk in somebody else’s shoes’, you get to believe this made up characters are real but there have fillings like you emotions like you loves like you and I think it is really important tact of empathy

I don’t know what I would have done without fiction through my life

And the other famous quote about the reading is that ‘we read to know we are not alone’, it’s amazing to read a novel and have your own feelings described precisely by somebody else that is a really satisfying thought.

Some books you read and think ‘are you sure you not writing this about me?’ I certainly enjoyed your books and I will get around ‘Fires in the dark’ sometime I promise, Thank you

Thank you