Alexandra is the middle McDermott author, the most organized and quite possibly the bossiest. She tends to be slightly more serious than her siblings and, once upon a time, was excruciatingly shy. She has, happily, almost completely outgrown this tendency, although she’s still the quietest in the family. She owns two typewriters, a cream-coloured Scheidegger Princess-matic and a Hermes Baby; and yes, she does write her first drafts on them. The only excuse for such madness is that she loves editing her work, and gets a big thrill out of going back over the pages with a red pen and marking all over them. She adores classical music, and in the summer, if you go to the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, you’d have a very good chance of finding her sitting patiently in the Arena day queue–probably with her Hermes in the tote bag alongside her.
A bit more about Alexandra . . .
Writing Style: historical fiction, spy thrillers, war novels . . . and cookbooks
Other Lives: Pastry chef
Favourite Books: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, The 39 Steps by John Buchan (something about men being chased across the moors of Scotland apparently appeals to her), The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
Favourite Authors: G. K. Chesterton, Robert Louis Stevenson, Len Deighton
Most Influential Authors: Ernest Hemingway, Nigel Slater, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Favourite Film: Ben-Hur