List two books you’ve read more than three times.
Arabella and Lord of the Rings. Actually there are quite a lot I reread, so it’s hard to just pick two!
Is anything in your new release based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
That’s a difficult one. In terms of the plot, not necessarily, but all emotions are drawn from life experiences. Love, grief, happiness… probably even the seven deadly sins! They’re all human experiences and find their way into my books in one way or another.
How much research goes into your books?
Quite a bit when it comes to countries and locations, culture and names. I have many travel books in my library that are wonderful for the settings.
You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inopportune time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?
Write it down immediately. I’ve been known to jump out of the shower and find my nearest note book and pen. I always keep these two things with me wherever I go. I’ve had the nasty experience of having what I remember to be a brilliant idea and having forgotten it, so I’m determined never to make the same mistake again!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love cooking. My kitchen is a very special place in my home. I read a lot and enjoy taking my three dogs for a walk. They help me plot!
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Lourdes. I’ve always wanted to visit Lourdes. It has such a rich history, and such beauty. One day I’ll get there!
What does your family think of your writing?
My family are very supportive. It’s often easy for family to not quite see writing as a job in the traditional sense because you’re at home. But my husband and children are very supportive. I’m sure the grandchildren will be too, when they’re old enough!
How do you decide on the setting of your book?
Most of the time the location will come from the hero’s nationality. But much of the texture and richness comes from my own holidays in France and Europe.
What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Although I’ve been asked almost every question there is about writing, one that doesn’t come up often is what is it like when it’s not going well.
And the answer is that it can be very frustrating, and worrying when writing is not going well. I find that I have to stop working until I’ve worked out what the problem is. It can sometimes last for a few days, but if it gets that long, then I call my editor!
What is your favorite summer read?
Any of my favourite books!