Did you always want to be a writer?

Where do you get your ideas from?

What are your favourite books?

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

What’s your favourite...?

No. I wanted to be the kind of girl people wrote books about. Velvet Brown who won the Grand National disguised as a boy; Darrell in Malory Towers who had a terrible temper but a heart of gold; or Heidi who lived in a hayloft and fell in love with Peter the goatherd. When I got older, these became Baby in Dirty Dancing who gets to dance a cha-cha-cha with Patrick Swayze before joining the Peace Corps; Andy in Pretty in Pink, the scholarship girl from the wrong side of the tracks; or Donna in the West Wing who works her way up from White House assistant to becoming the First Lady’s Chief of Staff. But after years of drama school, journalism and even becoming an adviser to the Prime Minister, I realized life was never going to be quite like it was in books or films, and that I wasn’t really that great at acting or politics, or horse racing, mainly because I spent way too much time daydreaming; inventing stories about myself, or people I know. So I started writing them down. And it turns out that that was what I was pretty good at all along.



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