A. Journalist / accountant / banker
A. Being a writer
A. Tiffin Girls' School, Surrey; Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
A. Britney Spears. Britney 4ever!
A. Save the Last Dance. Oh, yeah - I lurve the romance.
A. House. And this surprises you - why?
A. Very cool. But then again...
A. "Everybody lies" (Greg House, M.D.)
A. A really rare, bloody steak, accompanied by a bottle of Torbeck The Steading (2000). And the news that scientists have discovered that red meat no longer clogs your arteries, and that drinking really doesn't affect your health.
A. Being alone
A. In Brad Pitt's bed.
A. The Mary Celeste
A. Greg House (M.D.)
A. "Make mine a double."
A. That I'm not Beyonce (or maybe that's my husband's greatest regret...)
A. Getting published
A. Too many to name
A. I'm not sure I have any
A. My sixth toe (otherwise known as a bunion)
A. Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yeah - no one knows who that is! Kind of more an anti-hero.
A. Spike from BtVS. Anti-hero, so works as both hero and villain. Oh - did fiction mean books? Who still reads, when we have TV? Just joking, lovely publishers...
A. Henry VIII. It would be nice to see what all the fuss was about.
A. Friends telling me that childbirth is painless. I know how to spell gulable...
A. Watching movies. Oh, OK - watching X Factor. And, really, any "Reality" TV. No matter how lame.
A. Being Beyonce. My husband's fantasy for me, too. But you're getting the point right about now, aren't you?
A. Being hot, hot, hot. Shallow, moi?
A. Really rare steak. I like to see blood.
A. '...Baby One More Time', Britney Spears; 'Better Man', Pearl Jam; 'Damn I Wish I was Your Lover', Sophie B. Hawkins; 'Downtown', Petula Clarke; 'The Logical Song', Supertramp; 'Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2', Rachmaninoff (hell, I had to do something to compensate for Britney...)
A. Jeffrey Archer, Louise Bagshawe, Martina Cole, Jackie Collins, Ken Follett, Lisa Gardner; John Grisham, Stephen King, Lesley Lokko, Lesley Pearse, Sidney Sheldon, Penny Vincenzi
A. This is so hard! Career Girls, Louise Bagshawe; Kane & Abel, Jeffrey Archer; Master of the Game, Sidney Sheldon; The Stand, Stephen King; The Firm, John Grisham
A. Penny Vincenzi's 'Wicked Pleasures'
A. Get a thicker skin
A. "I love your book / your book is brilliant" - but so far only my agent and publisher have read it. And I suspect they might be a little bit biased.