I wish there was little of me. But alas. Well, I was born in Essex, so I’m a real Essex girl, although no one believes me. I think the accent got knocked out of me. I use to teach but writing was always my first love. I’ve been writing since I was seven. So when I was able to write full time that was a dream come true. My second husband rekindled the writing bug in me.
What is your happiest childhood memory?
Trips to Club Row in London with my Dad. It’s a market and they used to sell lots of puppies and kittens. I would spend hours playing with the animals and asking if we could take them home. We never did but they may have had something to do with the fact we already had three cats at home!
When did your writing career begin? What made you decide to write Rom Coms?
I’ve been writing for many years and published serious novels but they didn’t do very well. One day I had a really bad migraine and I watched ‘The Holiday’ and it occurred to me that maybe people would like a rom com book. A novel that would make you feel good while reading it and also make you laugh. So I had a go and I haven’t looked back.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Is there any other genre which appeals to you as a writer?
I would like to write erotica at some point but not right now as there just isn’t enough time. The honest truth is I don’t really know. The ideas often come to me while in bed and I have to grab my phone and make notes right away. Other times in the car or while chatting to my husband but at other times I could struggle for ideas. So I have learnt to wait until they flow on their own.
You have just returned from holiday. Is there any part of the world which you haven’t been to and which you would include on your ‘bucket list?’
Yes, there are loads of places. I still want to visit Singapore and Malaysia. Plus I am interested in all places Asian. I love the culture and the people. I would like to go to Prague at some point and Vietnam which is on the cards for next year I believe. There are just too many places aren’t there?
When you have some chill out time, what kind of books do you read?
I usually read psychological thrillers. I’ve just finished ‘The Mistress’s Revenge’ by Tamar Cohen which was very addictive. It’s the only genre I really enjoy. I have read some crime but I don’t really enjoy them. I like the classics too. I never ever read romantic comedy as it can affect my own writing. And the truth is I don’t really enjoy romances. I always think that rather funny considering I love writing them.
And lastly, you’re hosting a dinner party. If you could invite five famous people who would they be and why?
Ricky Gervais, because he is so interesting, outspoken and honest. Paul O Grady but as his alter ego Lily Savage as he is so raw and funny and down to earth. Julian Clary because he is just so camp and funny. Salman Rushdie, simply because he is a genius and is so interesting and finally Iris Murdoch, because she is or was the greatest British writer ever and a brilliant philosopher. I knew her husband and was always saddened never to have met her.
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