What prompted you to write?
One day our homework was to write an essay on the most exciting experience of our life. I was learning to ride and I described how I got my horse to canter and what a thrill I felt when it actually did break into a canter and raced across the field. To my surprise my piece was considered very original and it was pinned up on the school notice board for all and sundry to read.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Well, I enjoy the solitude! From time to time I meet fellow writers and we have a laugh and exchange ideas. I like the creative part of writing which isn't so different from the creative part of law. So writing and the law are kissing cousins.
Who are your favourite authors?
Dickens is a fantastic storyteller. Dostoevsky and Tolstoy have a huge emotional range. And what's not to like about Jane Austen?
How do you plan your books?
I start with a basic idea and then go with the flow (definitely not recommended) and it all takes much longer than if I had been disciplined enough to prepare a proper blueprint. Still, it gets there in the end. Writing's hard work and getting published even harder. But if you have a book in you, go for it although do get it professionally critiqued.
What did you read last?
I'm captivated by biographies, and I love a chilling murder-most-foul. There're some mind blowing page-turners by Australian writers whose books were recommended to me by a book shop in Alice Springs, when I recently visited Australia. They write so brilliantly it's very humbling.
What sort of books do you like to write?
Sagas are very satisfying and novels with a strong romantic theme. I enjoyed writing IN THE PINK which is a complete departure. I like experimenting.
Have your own experiences influenced your writing?
Not really. One always fantasises about one's dream date but that's not reality although one day I was about to rush off from work to keep a date ... with the hero of my novel! For a nano second he was real to me. What would a psychoanalyst make of this?!
What do you do when you're not writing?
I'm still labouring in the vineyard at the day job but I take quirky holidays and these inspire ideas for the next novel.