I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author BRONWEN EVANS to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.
Hi Carol and dear readers – waving from a cold winters day in New Zealand. I’m thrilled to be invited onto this blog. I love following Carol’s posts and photo’s, she finds some amazing and interesting things to share. I’m busy writing a standalone book, or it could be the beginning of a new series…I shall wait and see, so I’ve been slightly brief in my answers but I’m happy to chat more if anyone wants to know anything in more detail.
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?
Hello Dear Readers
I was born in New Zealand, I have a twin sister who is 20 minutes younger than me, and I’m the eldest of 5 girls. At the age of 18 months, my family and I went to Ithaca USA while my Dad was at Cornell University. When we arrived back in NZ at 6 years of age I remember being teased for my American accent!
I grew up on a small cattle farm in NZ, I had my pony Patch and I used to ride her to school sometimes. When I was about thirteen, we moved back to the city. It was a bit of a culture shock; I’d had no interest in makeup or clothes at that point. I went to ‘university’ after high school and came out with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, majoring in marketing.
Being a twin was unusual in my day, there were not very many multiple births. In fact, I still get stopped in the street and referred to as, ‘Oh, you are one of the twins’.
NZ is a small country of about 4.2 million people and it’s at the bottom of the world. I kind of like that, as just about everyone forgets about us. In this day and age that’s not a bad position to be in given the politics going on in the world. Our summers are warm, our winters mild in the North Island to cold down in the South Island with snow, and the food and scenery is beautiful.
I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. The big drawback is how far we are from everywhere. It’s a 12-15 hour plane trip to Los Angeles and over 27 hours to Europe….
I live in the Hawkes Bay, a wine growing region of NZ with my twin sister, Leigh and my two Cavoodles, Brandy and Duke.
My two precious dogs. Brandy and Duke.
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?
I’m very friendly and approachable, but the one thing I don’t like is intolerance. The world would be a safer and less hostile place if we accepted people for who they are. You don’t have to like them but tolerate them!
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?
I’m a cake and biscuits girl, not lollies or chocolate, but give me a slice of Devils Food cake and I’m in heaven.
What is your most treasured possession?
My grandmother’s wedding ring, which I was given when she died. I’ve never been married so it’s nice to have something from her. My grandparents were married almost 50 years before my granddad died.
If I were being unsentimental then it would have to be my iPhone, which I would be lost without.
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?
Gosh, that’s tough there are so many places I’d love to own a house! Probably Hawaii, laid back, nice weather, and only 8 hours from NZ by plane and 6 hours from where my Dad lives on Vancouver Island. Otherwise it would have to be London (wow expensive though). I lived there for almost 8 years and I love the city. It’s a great place to base yourself if you want to experience Europe.
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?
Just one! I have so many of them. How about the time I created a scene in Australian customs when they kept telling me I had foodstuffs in my suitcase. I swore I didn’t. It turns out I did. I had a wheat pack, you know, the thing you heat up in the microwave to put round your back when it’s sore. It had wheat in it – all stitched up but apparently that counted as food! Big fine!!! Lesson learned no wheat pack when on holiday.
Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Bronwen.
Thanks for having me! I hope I get invited back again. Or you’re welcome to come visiting down under.
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