50 years old
United Kingdom
Current Status
  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Historical fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Sarah Waters/Kate Atkinson
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Emma, Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Small Island, Half of a Yellow Sun, A God in Ruins, The Paying Guest, Atonement, The Invisible Bridge, The Bronze Horseman, Charlotte Grey, Revolutionary Road, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenin, Lady Chatterly's Lover.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To have several books published with at least one a best-seller which I spot being read on the train. For people to say that they have learnt, or gained, something from reading my work. And to be a guest speaker at literary festivals.
    Your worst habit?
    Getting too bogged down in the detail, whether that's historical research or constructing the perfect sentence, and failing to see the overall story and to embrace my creativity.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In my summer house or at the kitchen table
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Some of my best ideas come when I'm out walking my dog. I consume lots of tea and chocolate although wonder if the creative juices would flow better with glasses of wine. My family kitted out our summer house 1920s style to inspire my writing.



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