Knowing Me Knowing You
Jack S Strange - Author
Jack Strange is super talented. He has published two novels as well as some poetry and presents "Catch 22" with Laura Dixon on Vitalize Radio.
Last week, Jack was a guest on Newport City Radio's Mid Week Mix Up when he chatted with me and Coral about his series of Zombie novels and an exciting new publishing deal. Here are some other mad facts we found out about Jack.
What's the first record / CD you ever owned?
Okay, so I probably shouldn’t admit it, but the first CD I ever owned was The Cheeky Girl’s debut album. That album was then followed by t.a.t.u and Girls Aloud. I suppose you could say my choices improved.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I’d quite like to be able to go invisible for a bit. I’d like to be able to hide somewhere and see what people say about me when I’m not there. But I am there because I’m invisible.
Create a cocktail and give it a name
Something with Jack Daniels in it because Jack Daniels is my favourite. Then a splash of red, for the colour of blood. Then I’d call it The Winter Smith, after my first book.
What's the best way to spend a Friday night?
I’m always working a Friday night, but when I didn’t work a Friday night I’d either be sitting down to watch something with a take away, or I’d be listening to music. It’s Saturday night when the parties used to happen. That doesn’t happen now because I'm always working.
Have you got a favourite item of clothing?
I have a few. I like an oversized jumper that I wear, a hoodie that I designed and longline tees.
What's the last book you read?
The Extinction Trials was the last book I read. It’s said to be The Hunger Games meets Jurrasic Park. It was enjoyable enough, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series.
The last place you went for a holiday?
Paris was my last holiday, but I’m off to Cornwall for a weekend soon, and then Turkey in the summer. I’m overdue the sun!
Where would you most like to go for a holiday?
I’ve been before, but if given a choice I’d always choose America. It’s always been a dream of mine to live in the states. I might not be loving that dream right now with current situations, but by the time four to eight years come I should hopefully be ready to go! So, for a holiday, it would definitely be America. I’m planning a road trip for when I graduate.
What's the last film you watched at the cinema?
The new Tomb Raider film. Lara Croft inspired Winter Smith in some ways, as I loved having a female lead that was strong. I grew up with Lara Croft, so I’ve always liked it, and I really enjoyed the new film.
Whose voice would you choose for your satnav?
I might choose J.K. Rowling, but only if the satnav gave me writing tips after every junction.
What's your dream car?
A Maserati because Britney sang about one.
Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with and what would you talk about?
I’d like to get stuck in a lift with Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and/or Lindsay Lohan. There are many questions I’d like to ask each of them, and being stuck in a lift would be a good chance to ask those questions. Oh, and maybe J.K. Rowling, because I have so many Harry Potter questions that I need answered.
Who was your best friend when you were a kid. What is he / she doing now?
My oldest friend I still keep in touch with. We were friends in uni, and then we met again in secondary school, and we still chat. As for my actual childhood best friend? We don’t speak about her anymore.
What new skill would you like to learn?
I’d like to learn a language, or learn a skill such as cutting hair.
Is it true that blondes have more fun?
I went silver once, and then it went a horrible blonde colour and that wasn’t fun.
Worst fashion item ever?
I once bought a pair of creepers, or as my dad called them brothel creepers because I wanted to be so grunge. I wore them once and hated them. But they ended up being sent to the refugees, so some good came of that purchase.
Which comedian makes you laugh most?
Catherine Tate or Miranda Hart
How many languages can you say hello in?
Hola, Hello, Bonjour.
Your favourite TV show is?
I’m not sure I have a favourite TV show - although I love EastEnders - but i’m currently rewatching The Hills and loving it.
Whats your karaoke song?
I always have visions of doing karaoke and slaying it, but all of my friends are too scared to join me. Though when I have done karaoke in the past, it was Breaking Free from High School Musical.
The best band in the world is?
Girls Aloud are iconic, and always will be. Fifth Harmony were a bop.
What would you tell your 13 year old self?
Things get better, you get happier and so far, things aren’t quite what you thought they'd be but most of the time, you're okay.