Behind the Scenes

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Photo: My Own – on a pier in Key Largo, Florida Keys

Me and my life – behind the writing.

When were you happiest?

Some of my happiest memories are from being at home during the lead up to Christmas. We have carols playing throughout the entire house and my mum is always concocting something delicious in her kitchen cauldron. It’s one of the rare occasions we get the whole family in one place at the same time.

What is your greatest fear?

Sharks and snakes

What is your earliest memory?

There’s a photo of me at home where I’m sitting in a washing basket with a gigantic Cheshire cat grin. I was 11 months old.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Passivity

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

The various trips I have taken over the last few years. For me, travel is worth more than a new piece of clothing or great car.

What is your most treasured possession?

All of my photos – I am very old fashioned in that I still keep albums. I can’t imagine being 90 and wanting to flick through them on a screen. It seems too detached somehow. These would be what I would grab in a fire (along with my 2 cats)

What makes you unhappy?

Animal cruelty, itchy clothes labels and hangovers

What is your favourite smell?

Badedas bath soak – this stuff always makes me feel relaxed and at home.

What is your favourite book?

I have three: Daphne De Maurier ‘Rebecca’, F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘The Great Gatsby’ and Caitlin Moran ‘How To Be A Woman’

Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?

No, if I said it I meant it at the time. Love takes all forms.

What is the worst job you’ve done?

I worked in a pasty shop once  – that was a bit of a low point as I always came home smelling of a Cornish cafe. But we did get to take home left-overs. Hello temporary obesity.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio (I still hold on to my 12 year old obsession with the Titanic love story… don’t judge me), Virginia Woolf, the cast of friends, Caitlin Moran, Morgan Freeman, Graham Norton.

How do you relax?

Drinking and chatting with friends or family. Also – who doesn’t love a bath with zillions of bubbles and Michael Buble in the background. A cup of tea does the trick too.

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