I live in beautiful Barnet, which is in London (you can get here by tube) but has a Hertfordshire postcode (so you can pretend you live in the countryside). It’s also the only London borough which is rhyming slang for “hair.”
It’s also only half an hour by bus to the BBC Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, which has been very handy for my latest project – writing the Holby City tie-in book, Holby City: Behind the Screen. To be published in autumn 2017, this is the first ever book written about one of the BBC’s most popular dramas. For me it’s been a total labour of love and has been the most fun of any job I could imagine. I got to interview all of the regular cast members, as well as the people who work away behind the scenes to make it all happen.
As well as this, I have a novel coming out next year. Half A World Away is set in East Berlin before the fall of the Wall, and will be published by The Dome Press in spring 2018, and I’m currently working on a book set in London just as the 60s really started swinging.
My writing companion is a farting cat called Elliott, my favourite word is “home,” I play the flute very poorly, I’m always knitting socks, my favourite place on the planet is Liverpool, I like eating but I don’t like cooking, I love train travel but hate flying, I’m extremely lazy but get bored on beach holidays, I really like concrete buildings, and my favourite authors are Stephen King and Thomas Hardy.
As well as the farting cat, I live with my lovely husband and our daughter (when she isn’t away at uni). And a very feisty rabbit.