Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: A writer
Q: What are you afraid of?
A: Things too awful to mention in case they come true.
Q: What’s your favourite colour?
Q: What is your favourite possession?
A: I count my favourite pens daily to make sure I haven’t lost any.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
A: Professionally since I became a journalist, aged 26. That’s 26 years ago.
Q: Do you write by hand or on the computer?
A: On the computer.
Q: Which of your characters do you most identify with?
A: I’m very fond of Sarah in Carnaby. But she’s far braver and gutsier than I am.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
A: Life, the newspapers, things I see around me.
Q: What sort of books do you write?
A: Adult and Young Adult crime novels.
Q: Which writers/illustrators would you have on your dream team and why?
A: Dorothy Sayers, George Eliot and Leonardo da Vinci – I think between them they’d have most bases covered and I could make them cups of tea and polish their shoes.
Q: I loved writing this bit...
The section in Splintered Light where Charlie is kidnapped by Victor. It makes me wince, and that was what I intended.