Who is Eileen Raven Scott?

 

I was born in the north of Germany, but due to my father’s job, we moved around a lot. So I lived in Portugal for three years, then we went back to Germany, then we moved to England. There we stayed for seven years before moving back to Germany. I still live there today, in a small village in the countryside.


When I was about twelve, I started writing my first novel, unfortunately I never finished it and can’t find it today. After that I started a few other novels and wrote one short story. Only at the age of thirty I began writing seriously and soon wrote “The End” under my first completed novel ever. This book was published in November 2014 (Die Nacht der Elemente – Mondtochter, which can be roughly translated as: “The Night of the Elements – Daughter of the Moon” under the name Lia Haycraft). I have written all my novels in German so far. My first published book was “Feuerküsse”, published in December 2013, which I then translated. The English version was published 2015. Apart from my novels, two short stories have been printed.


Because I really love England, there are plenty of English places in my books, but now lots of my characters live in Cologne, too.


A few details …


Which English book was the last one you read?

The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman.


Do you have a favourite author?

Not one, several. I really like the books by Neil Gaiman, Carole Matthews, Christopher Moore, Fiona Walker and Cecilia Ahern and my favourite German authors are Antonia Michaelis, Leonie Swann and Kerstin Gier.


Which is your favourite book?

I loved „Bloodsucking Fiends – a love story“ by Christopher Moore and „Anansi Boys“ by Neil Gaiman. You can find a longer list of books that I liked under “Tipps”.


Do you listen to music, while you write? 

Definitely, but it mostly needs to be instrumental, as the lyrics put me off. I like Ulrich Maske, Andreas Vollenweider, Massive Attack and some soundtracks.


And what music do you like, if you’re not writing?

Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Florence & the Machine, Kerli, Annett Louisan, Wir sind Helden, Judith Holofernes, Gautsch, Puddle of Mudd, Dire Straits and many more depending on my mood.


Do you have a favourites song?

I’m sure I do, but I really can’t say which is my absolute favourite. The best ones are those, where I can sing along, mostly when driving in my car or when I’m cooking. At the moment I really like “walking on air” by Kerli, “


Do you have a favourite film?

Lots. But my absolute favourites are: Stardust, how to train your dragon, Jumping Jack Flash, Foul Play (a really old film with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase), The Mummy with Brendan Fraser and the first Matrix film.


Any favourite tv shows?

I really love two british sitcoms: Black books and The Greenwing. I also watched Lost and TrueBlood for a bit, but stopped at some point.


Favourite town?

Lyme Regis in Dorset. Or doesn’t that count, because it’s a really small town? I also like Canterbury, where I had a really gorgeous meal in a food hall and lots of parts of London. In Germany my favourites are Cologne, Heidelberg and Erfurt. And I really like Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.


Favourite food?

I do love desserts, especially Apple Crumple, anything with meringue and fruits or chocolate … My favourite savoury dishes are probably grilled fish, potato dumplings, pasta and salad.


Favourite drink?

Mostly I just drink water, but I really like passion fruit juice, cherry juice or lemon kefir. In the winter I like herb teas or milky oolong. 


Which wall colour does your writing room have?

Light green.


Where do you write?

Usually at my desk in the light green room, sometimes I take my netbook downstairs to sit on my flowery sofa in the living room or I write on the train.


Do you have any hobbies?

Very surprisingly I love reading. Apart from that I love taking photographs of nature, animals and architecture, I like doing yoga, bollywood dancing and going for long walks. 


Do you have a favourite animal?

Dog, wolf and chameleon.