Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t think I could be a writer because I am quite dyslexic and besides, my sister was the writer in the family!
Do you base your characters on real people?
I do use characteristics from real people and sometimes my people are fairly fully formed! I put my sister in A Perfect Match – she forgave me because in the book, she ended up with a really nice house.
At what point did you realise this book writing thing was your job?
I had a slight advantage in that I didn’t have a career as such before I was a writer. I’d been a secretary, a cook, and my husband and I had run a business on the canals, turning a pair of narrow boats into a moving hotel, so once I started writing I just knew. This was what I should be doing.
Where does your inspiration tend to come from?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. It’s like oxygen, you can’t see it but you know it’s there if you look and listen. I’ve based books on snatches of overheard conversation, small ads in the back of magazines, lots of television programmes, and things like my daughter getting engaged. I reckoned I’d be living weddings for a couple of years, I might as well get a book out of it!