My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Hang in. You never know what's round the corner.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. love, kindness, humour
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. a Sumatran orangutan
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Curly hair
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
July 15, 2011I have always been fascinated by Tudor times. If I could choose to be stuck in a lift with anyone, it would be Elizabeth I. With EMERALD, I wanted to find a voice that was modern and engaging.
Emotions don't change like fashions and while I tried hard to make Emerald a girl of her time, she had to be first and foremost a girl who had problems and worries that anyone now might understand. At first I tried to write the story in the third person but that didn't work because I wanted the same immediacy of voice as in RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE and CLIMBING A MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, alongside an authentic and believable historical background like that... see more