Author Gill Stewart
in conversation with
Lily and Gemma
from the Galloway Girls series

Gill: What are your plans for the summer holidays?
As long as I’m doing something, I’m not too bothered. I loved learning to sail and I think I’m getting pretty good at it.
Gemma: I love playing the piano, and going for walks, but definitely not long hikes. 

Gill: Girls, what’s favourite colour?
Lily: Purple, because it’s so creative.
Gemma: I quite like blue, and also pale green.

Gill: I heard you both like baking – what is your sweet treat?
Lily: Cake! I especially like raspberry cheesecake.
Gemma: At the moment it is anything made with choux pastry. I’m trying to perfect making it, which means lots of trial runs.

Gill: On a Saturday night, where would I find you?
Lily: If there’s not a party on somewhere in town, then I’m usually with Tom or Gemma catching up on some series.
Gemma: It used to be watching something on the TV with Tom and Sarah or Lily. Now I might find myself playing with Jamie’s band, which is just weird!

Gill: Tell me what makes you laugh?
Lily: Kitten videos. And Gemma, when she’s trying to be bolshie and failing totally.
Gemma: My dog Toby used to make me laugh, and Jamie’s dog Lucy is pretty funny when she trips over herself.

Gill: So what makes you angry?
Unfairness, and people not doing things when they should be doing them.
Gemma: People who don’t understand that everyone is different, and don’t sympathise with people who struggle (like Rosie).

Gill: Would you say you’re spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
Lily: I like a good plan, especially if I’ve made it, but I don’t rule out spontaneity. If you see something that needs doing NOW, then do it!
Gemma: I need to have plan, even if I’m not very good at sticking to it, because I keep changing my mind.

Gill: What are your pet peeves?
Lily: People complaining about problems rather than getting out there and solving them.
Gemma: People who try to force their opinions on you.

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