About the author:
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In addition to her writing Fiona makes regular appearances on national television and radio. To date, her novels have sold over a million copies worldwide. WOW!
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~ Can you share with us your latest or future book/author news?
I have a new novel coming out on 6th June entitled The Summer Wedding. It’s a romantic romp that takes four friends from the day they first meet at university in the 90s to the modern day when a big wedding threatens to unearth old secrets and long lost loves. Action moves between the Chilterns and Andalucia, taking in LA and the Seregeti, so I’m globe-trotting a bit more than usual, which was a great treat. I’m also currently working on a book that will come out next year, as yet untitled, about a dotcom billionaire who ruffles local feathers when he buys an old Herefordshire estate.
~ Where did your interest in writing originate?
I’ve always been an avid reader who discovered from an early age that her favourite writers simply can’t write fast enough – which in fairness to them would mean producing one novel a week – so I’ve always supplemented the gaps with my own creations; as a child, this meant I produced hundreds of hand-illustrated pony books written in red Silvine exercise books, and in my twenties it was racy, witty escapism. To my delight, the latter led to a full-time career as a writer.
~ Out of the novels you've wrote which one do you hold closest to your heart and why?
I have enormous affection for all my characters – letting them go is like saying farewell to old friends – and the settings are just as close to my heart, which is probably why I often bring favourites back if I can. Of all my books, I probably enjoyed writing Tongue in Cheek most; I loved the heightened melodrama and black comedy in it, and the characters and setting were already familiar, making them huge fun to develop more.
~ What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write what you would love to read, believe in your characters and try to get to the end of their story, however unmotivated you may feel by the muddle in the middle (and we all do!). Then enjoy the editing – it really can be the best bit, and it’s where some of the most creative writing moments happen.
~ Is there anything specific you'd like to say to readers?
I’m enormously grateful for the enthusiasm and loyalty that so many readers have shown me over the years. I long to be like those super-efficient authors who hammer out 2500 words each morning and then spend the afternoons tweeting from a sun lounger, but I’m a very chaotic, instinctive writer who lives and breathes the books I write for months on end, barely coming up for air most days. Knowing there’s such an enthusiastic crowd waiting to read them is an enormous motivation and makes it a great joy when those breakthrough moments come at two in the morning.
Book: Because I read so fast, and reread all the best ones again, I adore really long novels (I'm on my third copy of both The Thorn Birds and Riders), and I love book series most of all. I adored the H E Bates Darling Buds novels as teenager and still read them again often, along with Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City...and I could devour M C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books on a one-a-day basis.
Movie: Out of Africa – I laugh and cry as soon as I hear the music now, and the fact it’s based on a true story makes it all the more wonderful.
Dessert: Lemon Posset – the name always makes me laugh, and it’s absolutely delicious.
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