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Where do you live?
How old are you?
Have you any children?
Yes, three daughters who are all grown up. I have five grandchildren as well, which is just fantastic
Have you always been an author?
No – it happened by accident. I wrote short stories for women’s magazines, was a feature writer for a regional daily newspaper and then, when my youngest daughter started a new school, I wrote a humorous book about the pitfalls and pleasures of dealing with stroppy teachers, hideous school uniform and school dinners that resembled quick-drying concrete. Piccadilly Press agreed to publish it – and then they asked me to write another book and another and another and….
What are your favourite hobbies?
Travelling, church activities, reading, going to the theatre, researching my family tree, gardening, walking
What were your favourite books when you were a child?
Little Women, What Katy Did, Anne of Green Gables, anything about horses, Ballet Shoes and then, when I was a teenager, everything by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Goudge.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing now?
I am a licensed lay minister in the Church of England – so I guess that would be my main activity. When I was younger I wanted to be a foreign correspondent for the BBC, or a speech therapist working with children.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Young people I speak to in schools; snippets from newspapers (that’s where the idea for Last Seen Wearing Trainers came from - click here for info); conversations overheard on trains (I’m a committed eavesdropper!) and thoughts that spring into my head, usually when I’m cutting my toenails or digging the garden.