Where I Live Now
I live near the North Devon coast, where long walks and bracing West Country air give me space and thinking time. Around me swirl the ghosts of King Arthur at Tintagel, Lorna Doone on Exmoor and the denizens of Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Jamaica Inn’ on Bodmin Moor.
Where I Lived Then
I grew up north of the River Tyne but then I heard the siren call of London and left, never to live in the North East again. As a child, I had little interest in dolls – I preferred climbing trees and catching water boatmen in a jam jar; my best ever toys were a go-kart and a scalextric. My grandmother’s home cooking fed my body but books nourished my soul. All my meagre pocket money went on 3/6 paperbacks from T&G Allen in North Shields.
What Inspires me to Write
The near past. Especially Britain’s twentieth century past. Here, amid the carnage of two world wars and unprecedented social, political and economic change, a writer can find plenty to fire the imagination.
- English country houses
- Choco Leibniz biscuits with a three shot cappuccino
- A French 75 cocktail
- Quality TV drama
- 1930s fashions
- London: past and present
*But not necessarily in that order.