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Do you write for mainly adults or children? I write for both

If for children do you illustrate books yourself? No I am afraid I don’t.

Is this your first attempt at writing a book and what made you want to write it? Dear Friends: Letters from Abroad was my first full length novel. I wanted to write it as I have been writing factual pieces for many years and wanted to try fictional for a change.

Is the book based on fact or fiction and where did you get the story idea from? The story if pure fiction and the idea just came to me one day but I don’t know where from.

How long did it take you to write the book? About 18 month’s altogether

Do you have a writing routine or just write when you feel like it? I just write when I feel like it.

Rewriting/editing - do you love it or hate it? It doesn’t bother me as it’s necessary to ensure the story is told correctly.

Which novelists do you admire and did they have any influence on your writing? My favourite writer was the late Dorothy Dunnett. I loved the way she ‘married’ fact and fiction within her stories and her writing encouraged me to write as well.

Has it been difficult to get your first book published and if so what advice would you give other writers? It is not nice to be rejected by both agents and authors. After trying for many years I chose to go down the self-publishing route which I thoroughly investigated first.

Do you think you will attempt to write another book and if so what would it be about? Yes. I have written a series of short stories but will be back to completing my next novel shortly. I never rush things.

In what ways do you market your book? I try to promote my book wherever I can. Am still investigating promoting through book signings etc.

What advice would you give to an aspiring novelist? Keep going, don’t give up even if you only write for yourself the satisfaction will be there. And if you make it … well done.

Finally, please give a short summary of ‘you the person’ that would be of interest to our visitors: I have been writing for many years but only took up fictional writing properly when I retired from business. My interests are wide and varied which often leads me down different paths where my writing is concerned; in particular I have a strong love of history. I think that writing should always be a joy not chore.