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WHAT ARE A FEW THINGS WE WOULD FIND ON YOUR DESK?
I always have a supply of new purple pens and a bowl of sweets – the more childish and embarrassing the better! I also like a glass of sparkling water in a cocktail glass.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WRITE?
I first started writing when I won a prize at school for a story. Encouraged by my late mother who cried when she read it, I went on to have some short stories published in women’s magazines. I’ve now written several novels and can’t imagine ever retiring. Writing is my therapy and not as expensive as buying shoes.
SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF NO ONE ELSE KNOWS:
I have a secret ambition to go on an archaeological dig.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE TO WRITE?
I love the scene where Grace and Danny visit Ravenleigh Manor. It has a bit of everything and allowed me to reveal a lot about them to the reader.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK
HIGH HOPES is an emotional page-turner. The visual style and short chapters are perfect for commuters and just the thing for a lazy holiday read. You’ll be drawn into the lives of Grace, Sam and Dixie who think they know everything about each other.
But Grace has a secret. Twenty years ago, she got pregnant after a drunken one-night mistake with Sam. By then, Sam and Dixie were back together and Grace was a penniless student with no family to support her. There was no way she could bring up her baby alone. Convincing herself it was best for everyone, she gave up her baby girl for adoption and kept her heartbreak to herself.
Her love-life has been a disaster. She married in haste and ended up divorced. Now, approaching forty with a sense of failure and dread, Grace receives a letter out of the blue. Her daughter has traced her. She’s searching for answers and Grace longs to meet her.
But if Grace confesses to a secret baby now, she’ll put Sam’s family in jeopardy. How could their lifelong friendship survive such a betrayal? Yet does Grace have a choice?
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