When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It’s something I wanted my whole life, but I only started writing for publication when I was 27. Up until then I had only ever written for my own enjoyment (and none of it was much good!) I was inspired by the onset of my thirtieth birthday to get my debut novel finished, and the rest is history.
• Amalfi, Italy. Possibly the most beautiful place I've ever visited. Stunning coastal scenery, close toPompeii and Vesuvius — two of the most remarkable sights I've ever seen — and offering absolutely delicious pasta, mozzarella and lemon tiramisu.