Which writers or poets inspire you and why?
I have been inspired by many and varied writers and poets, too many to name. As a child I loved Enid Blyton and grew into R.F Delderfield and progressed to Jane Austen. My recent reading material has included George Martin and Dorothy Dunnett, together with a variety of modern writers.
If you are a writer or poet, how did you get started?
I started writing stories as a child under the age of 10. Intially I made tiny comics for my sister and friends. As I grew up I wanted to be a journalist. I did achieve this ambition but soon decided it was not the kind of writing I wished to do. After many years working and looking after the family I turned my hand to short story writing and now I am writing my first novel.
Where and when do you do most of your reading?
I don’t find I have the time to read as much as I’d like or feel I should. I grab any free moments and occasionally read at bedtime. Most reading, these days, is done when I’m on holiday.
Are there some themes you enjoy more than others?
I love reading history, both fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy biographies, particularly of women in history.
What are you reading currently?
The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas.
Are you a library lover, a bookshop bird or an online owl?
Where there are books, there am I! I love libraries, I will spend hours trawling a book shop and I have a huge ‘to be read’ collection on my kindle.
Which genre of writing do you prefer and why?
I love reading history, both fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy biographies, particularly of women in history. I also enjoy some fantasy novel. I think it’s because I like to escape!