Carrie first came to my attention via Twitter. I often saw her tweets ‘retweeted’ and when I started following her and reading her personal blog
as well as her articles on The Huffington Post
, she struck me as not only being interesting and funny, but also extremely kind-hearted and grounded.
Aside from her work as a writer and television producer, Carrie is an active philanthropist. Currently, the main focus of her charitable work is her role as a voluntary advisor in a pregnancy crisis centre; an extension of this role being that she visits colleges and schools to discuss sex education, giving students the opportunity to learn important lessons about sex and relationships that they may not otherwise be able to.
Although the subject matter of her blogs are varied (relationships, religion, art, diet plus her own personal experiences, to name just a few) I believe the key to her success is simply that despite her success, she is a normal, down-to-earth woman with a huge heart.
As one of my favourite writers, I feel privileged to be able to say, “I know Carrie Lloyd”.
HI CARRIE, THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, ARE YOU READY?
No problem – I’m ready!
IF YOU WERE A BISCUIT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Is popcorn a biscuit?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
Champagne, of course darling 😉
DO YOU SLEEP WALK?
No, but I do sleep-kick and sleep-talk.
IF YOU WERE ASKED, WOULD YOU DO A REALITY TV SHOWN WHERE THE CAMERA FOLLOWED YOU EVERYWHERE?
I did do this for the TV mini-series ‘Big Silence’, but that was only down to knowing what kind of programme the producers made before, so I trusted them. Otherwise, probably not.
CARS OR BIKES?
Cars for long distance, bikes for short.
DOGS OR CATS?
WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE AT THE MOMENT?
A lot of nail varnish and feta cheese.
HOW MANY PAIRS OF SHOES DO YOU OWN?
I stopped counting a few years ago.
DO YOU HAVE ANY BAD HABITS?
Far too many – smoking being the worst.
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
WHAT’S THE BEST PRESENT YOU EVER RECEIVED?
An eternity ring on my 30th birthday from my boyfriend – who gave it to me at my father’s grave. He never met my father so wanted to tell Dad he’d look after me. I cried my eyes out.
WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU DREAM OF BEING ‘WHEN YOU GREW UP’?
An actress or a teacher.
WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?
Dancing, playing with puppies, talking (a lot), outreach work (mainly for pregnancy crisis centre).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME?
Inside the Actors Studio.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FILM OF ALL TIME?
Oh wow – how do I answer this?! I’ve got too many… Amistad, The Green Mile, Drive, Blue Valentine, Anchorman, The Tree of life, Requiem for a Dream. I’ll stop, as I’ve changed this list 4 times already…
WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT 10 DUCK-SIZED HORSES OR 1 HORSE-SIZED DUCK?
10 duck-sized horses – I’d probably try and make them pets. Dress ’em up – and sell ’em on.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD?
St Peters, The Vatican, Rome.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS?
A fear of throwing up.
DO YOU PREFER A ROAST DINNER IN THE WINTER OR A BBQ IN THE SUMMER?
BBQ in the Summer and warm evenings.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR 5 DREAM DINNERPARTY GUESTS?
Two of my friends (Dawn Porter and Jeffrey Kramer), Eddie Izzard, Judah Smith (Seattle) and Christine Caine (a huge campaigner and fighter against Sex Trade Slavery).
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE IN THE WORLD (DEAD OR ALIVE), WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Jesus Christ. I’d ask him “What’s life all about?”
WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE AND WHAT DID THEY TEACH YOU?
Probably my father who taught me to keep driven in life, to help those who are outcast from society and to use my skills for the benefit of others, not for myself.
ARE THERE ANY WORDS OF WISDOM YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO THE LILLIESANDLOVE READERS?
Never settle for second best in love or in yourself. Forgive everyone who’s hurt you, but learn from the mistakes and trust you made with them. If you can’t forgive them, act as if you have, it’ll soon catch up. Enjoy life, know the hardest times in life will end at some point and when you’re in them, rely on the friends who are offering to be there for you. But, be wary of gossip and don’t get into it yourself.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
Music, the bible and my puppy.
WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF IN YOUR LIFE?
Managing 8 days of silence. Also, my need to be better… and curiosity to improve constantly.
That and when I saved someone in Lake Windemere by seeing a boat capsize through a tiny window of the Wordsworth musem.
WHAT WAS THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE?
When I introduced my father to Paul McCartney at my graduation (Dad brought me up on The Beatles). His face was a picture.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
When a doorknob came off in my hand on stage during a performance, locking the door through which I had to exit and I couldn’t get off stage.
WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?
DO YOU HAVE A FINAL MESSAGE FOR THE LILLIESANDLOVE READERS?
Hi-de-hi Campers! Oh, and love your lillies. That is all.