Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: To live in a caravan with five dogs.
Q: What are you afraid of?
A: Flying, though I’d love wings of my own.
Q: What’s your favourite colour?
Q: What is your favourite possession?
A: A glass box with a papier-mache world inside, complete with figures and flowers and trees, which I’ve treasured since I was nine. I realise now it’s the perfect metaphor for a writer, who creates a separate world inside the real one.
Q: How long have you been a writer?
A: I was first published eight years ago, but I’d been a scribbler in fits and starts since I was six.
Q: Do you write by hand or on the computer?
A: On my computer, but I use a notebook for thoughts.
Q: Which of your characters do you most identify with?
A: Aggie in Murkmere and Ambergate.
Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?
A: Images nag at me and I have to ask questions about them.
Q: What sort of books do you write?
A: Most of my novels have a touch of Gothic darkness, as well as romance and suspense.
Q: Which writers/illustrators would you have on your dream team and why?
A:Philip Reeve, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Jonathan Stroud, Catherine Fisher, the ghosts of E Nesbit and Philippa Pearce, Kevin Brooks - all wonderful writers - and Louise Rennison to make everyone laugh.
Q: I loved writing this bit....
A: When Hetta gambles with the devilish Guy Deschamps in The Traitor’s Smile