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 is your greatest achievement?
A. Making people laugh
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Fern in CHARLOTTE'S WEB
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not learning how to play the piano
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Sitting with my family on a terrace overlooking the sea on a warm night, knowing someone is cooking a fine supper for us.
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