Niki Baker lives in Oxfordshire and divides her time – sometimes with a reasonable degree of success – between pursuing her career as an author, editing her partner’s work, running her own business, and backpacking around places that people have vaguely heard of but might struggle to find in an atlas.
Writing has always been an important part of Niki’s life. She has run a school creative writing club, won the Hummer Prize, performed poetry and self-published a collection, blogged, written stories for children and had several feature articles published as a freelance travel writer. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first full-length novel, Yelling at Cows.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I’d go back to Oxford in the 1930s and join a meeting of the Inklings at the Eagle and Child pub, where I could have some laughs with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and their literary friends. And, if the conversation got boring, at least there’d be beer.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?
A: The one that springs to mind is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. I’ve read it three times because it’s well-crafted, compelling, moving and ambitious.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: A private island, bathed in warm sunshine and lapped by clear turquoise seas, where I could sit in a treehouse and write to my heart’s content.