At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write
Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?
I have a green notebook full of my early poetry. No one’s seen that since I turned fifteen.
What was your favourite childhood book?
The Tale of Mr Tootleoo by Bernard and Elinor Darwin
What is your ‘if you don’t like this, you can’t be my friend’ book?
That’s not the way I think
Do you find the process of writing agony or pure pleasure?
Who, in your opinion is the most under-read author?
Who or what have been your most important influences?
My mother who got me reading. My daughters who tell me what to read now.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
An estate agent – I love poking around other people’s houses.
Is being a literary prize judge exhausting or exhilarating? Or neither?
It’s not exactly work. Prize-panels are the best book-groups in town.
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