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I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Thank you so much for asking me, I’m delighted to be asked!

Can you tell me a bit more about how you became a writer?
It was a childhood dream, however I also wanted to travel a lot, so I became a flight attendant. I didn’t start writing seriously until about ten years ago. I came second in a magazine writing competition and this helped to motivate me.

Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
This is actually the third book I ever wrote; I didn’t get any interest in the other two. It took many years of learning, a lot of rejections, courses, literary events and perseverance for me to get an agent and then a publishing deal.

Can you describe literature in three words?
Love of stories.

Is there a book you would never read? Why?
Ooh, that’s a difficult one… I will try most things however, nowadays, I would probably find some horror too graphic.

What’s your favourite book?
Again, very difficult. Probably my all time favourite is Rebecca.

Favourite quote?
I love the first and last paragraphs of The Thorn Birds, about the legend of the Thorn Bird. I don’t know if that counts as a quote. I like quotes that remind us to be grateful for what we have and to treat others with kindness.

Ebooks or paper print?
Both, but I use reading glasses now, so find Ebooks great for the large print.

What inspires you?
My children, people who help others, people who try their best. Kindness and thoughtfulness.

Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life.
Who would that be?
I love Alexander McCall Smith’s No’1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, so I’d love to meet Mma Ramotswe.

I’m also a huge Agatha Christie fan, so I’d have to add Poirot and Miss Marple to the list!

Please explain.
I’ve never been to Botswana, the author describes it beautifully and I’d love to solve a mystery with Mma Ramotswe’s character. I like the thought of drinking tea with her and gently mulling things over. I’d also love to solve a crime with Poirot or Miss Marple!

What’s your worse nightmare?
War.

The best decision of your life was?
Ooh, again very hard to pick one… to marry my husband, to have children, to write a book (and not give up), to travel the world. I loved my job as a flight attendant.

I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on project? Is there any release date to reveal?
Thank you, I’m so pleased, that’s very kind of you. Yes, I’ve nearly finished my next book. I’m not sure of the exact release date yet.

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