Foto: James Bowden
I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
It took a round-the-world trip with a van, tent and travel journal to make me realize that what I wanted to do most was write. I was 24.
Once I’d made the decision to be a novelist, then came the small matter of doing it. Like most writers, I needed to work to support myself whilst trying to make it happen, so I set up a small business delivering events in schools, which afforded me both an income and a flexible schedule so I could make time to write. It took me until I was 30 to sign my first book deal. I could paper a wall with the rejection letters I received along the way, but eventually good news landed. I was delivering an event at a school in Kent when I got the call to say I’d had an offer, and my knees literally went weak with the shock. A month later I sold my business, and now I’m thankful for being able to do what I love full-time.
Could you describe literature in three words?
My soul mate.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
What’s your favorite book?
My favourite book is a memoir by Maggie O’Farrell, called I AM, I AM, I AM. It’s beautifully written, and hugely life-affirming.
EBooks or paper print?
Paper. I don’t own an eBook reader. I still do the first draft of all my novels by hand.
What inspires you?
The sea. My favourite place to write, where I have my clearest thought, has always been by the sea. I’ve grown up on the south coast of England, so the sea has always been part of my life. Cities are wonderful and exciting places to be, but after a few days I feel an almost gravitational pull towards the coast.
The best decision of your life was?
When my first manuscript was rejected, I almost gave up attempting to be a writer. The best decision I made was picking up my pen again and writing THE SEA SISTERS.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
My fifth novel, YOU LET ME IN, will be published in the UK in September 2018 (I’m not sure about international release dates yet). The story centres on an author who lives in an isolated clifftop home in Cornwall – and all I’ll say for now is that it’s darker than anything I’ve ever written…
Thank you for having me on your wonderful blog!
Happy reading all 😊