10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Caroline Beecham
- If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be and what would be your lead question?
I would like to interview Woollarawarre Bennelong and I would ask him his advice on what Australia can best do now to help its indigenous people.
- Your most played song/band?
My favourite song is the ‘Love theme’ from Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone (and favourite film); it always makes me cry—in fact I’m listening to it right now and its happening!
- Favourite genre of romance?
It would have to be historical romance, no surprise there.
- Favourite food?
I adore seafood so a lovely piece of grilled salmon and broccoli at home, or a beautiful seafood platter with the whole works for a special occasion; and of course, champagne is obligatory.
- Favourite drink?
During the day it would have to be tea but as soon as night falls the chardonnay comes out—and the kettle chips!
- If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would like to have super-strength so I could zoom around the world, fix problems, right wrongs and help people just like Superman and Superwoman do.
- If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I would be working back in film or television; I still miss being in production and being part of a team and although I love writing it can be quite isolating working alone.
- Favourite quote?
“To see a human being reveal really exceptional qualities one must be able to observe his activities over many years. If these activities are completely unselfish; if the idea motivating them is unique in its magnanimity; if it is quite certain they have never looked for any reward; and if in addition they have left visible traces on the world—then one may say, without fear of error, that one is in the presence of an unforgettable character.” – Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees
- Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know…
I’m very claustrophobic, in fact I actually had to get a small plane to abandon take off once because I had a panic attack—I was 7 months pregnant at the time so I think everyone gave me a break. It was also only the pilots second flight; I’m sure a more experienced pilot wouldn’t have been as sympathetic!
- Most famous person you’ve ever met? Tell us about the meeting!
I flew from London to Geneva once to interview Phil Collins, which was pretty cool, and worked with the lovely Bob Hoskins on a movie, but the funniest encounter with a famous person was when I interviewed the Scottish band ‘Wet Wet Wet. I was at Sixth form college and working for a local radio station and the interview was a disaster because I couldn’t understand a word Marti was saying! He also invited me to the concert and after-party but I said I couldn’t go because I had homework; what an idiot!
An engrossing wartime mystery of past deceptions, family secrets and long-lasting love…
When art school graduate, Eleanor Roy, is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee, she comes one step closer to realising her dream of becoming one of the few female war artists. But breaking into the art establishment proves difficult until Eleanor meets painter, Jack Valante, only to be separated by his sudden posting overseas.Melbourne, 2010
Although reluctant to leave her family at home, Kathryn can’t refuse her grandmother Eleanor’s request to travel to London to help her return a precious painting to its artist. But when the search uncovers a long-held family secret, Kathryn has to make a choice to return home or risk her family’s future, as Eleanor shows her that safeguarding the future is sometimes worth more than protecting the past.