Not as good as I used to be. But I can still keep and audeicne captivated.
No. I haven't got a good voice, I miss all the best bits out, or don't tell them very well. Writing is my medium as I can go back and make it sound better.
No. Story telling is an art. I thought I could spin a yarn, until I met the story teller Eric Maddern, who has a centre at Cae Mabon, Llanberris, in Wales. Now there is a man who lives and breaths telling stories by the campfire. Magical!
No. It all goes on in my head and although I enjoy word games I wouldn't enjoy sitting and "telling" a story. Happy to read one though, and thinking about it, I do enjoy telling funny anecdotal bits.
No, I'm absolutely terrible. This is because writing is my preferred method of communication - it's how I express myself best.
Yes I am, because I am an award-winning public speaker, and use my voice to good dramatic effect, with plenty of vocal variety and dramatic pauses.
Yes. One of the greatest pleasures of my life was telling stories to children. They were spellbound.
Oh yes indeedy, three gins and I could sway the United Nations, four and I could start world war three. Look folks, no point in pussyfooting around, I am a writer, enough people in the busines have told me I am good for me to know that I am. I'm no slouch when it comes to acting and I had a very successfull career as a civil engineer. The consequence of all this is that I have an ego bigger than the three pyramids of Giza. Of course I'm good at telling stories.
Very. I have no problem talking to people about what I write and about my own experience which my book Trust No One (Pin Down is the HB version) is about. I have spoken to groups of up to 150 people at a time and as small as six.
Not really. I can tell humorous anecdotes reasonably well after a few beers, but I don't have the acting chops to relate anything dark or dramatic that I would normally write down. Having said that, I'm told I have a certain talent for silly voices and accents (and even some bad impressions) which I employ during readings and talks.
No unfortunately not. Unfortunately my creative skilss are only internal and my tongue can't always relay the phrases effectively.
Not sure. I think that all half-decent novelists are, by definition, actors because, by creating fictional characters and scenarios, you are inevitably showing off. Sometimes I think I do that better on the page than on the stage but I have enjoyed some of the promotion tours and the opportunity to perform.
I can make up stories all the time, and tell them to children.
Yes, I started reading to friends sitting around me in a circle
I am horrible telling stories orally. My kids constantly ask me to tell them stories. They love them, but their young children and they don't know any better.