She is UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and the founder and organiser of the Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival.
people are kind and funny. Although I was born and raised in Sidcup, on the border of Greater London and Kent, the Cotswolds feels like home. I finally achieved my ambition of moving to the Cotswolds when I was in my early 30s and have lived in the same Victorian Cotswold stone cottage ever since. I have become a very active member of the village community, and now I never want to live anywhere else.
returning in later episodes – or readers wanted more of them!
important part of the development of the characters. There’s a story arc planned for Sophie and Hector’s romantic relationship spanning all seven books in the series.
Seeing non-readers transformed into bookworms and children and parents benefitting from the hospital programme is heartwarming, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. I worked for the charity for three years, liaising directly with schools and hospitals, and spreading the word about its wonderful work. Working such an inspiring cause that revolved around books also somehow seemed to validate my writing ambitions and encouraged me to take my novel-writing ambitions seriously.
Carol: Like myself, you are a passionate supporter of Indie Publishing and an ambassador and editor for The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). In your experience, what are the advantages of self publishing? And what, if any, are the drawbacks?
Modern technology (digital publishing, print-on-demand, online sales) has been incredibly empowering for authors, enabling them to self-publish in a manner that is both professional and economically viable.
pre-Domesday Book village church. I read voraciously and across multiple genres. I love to travel in our family’s camper van with my Scottish husband and teenage daughter – I am now planning a bonus eighth book in the Sophie Sayers series to be set in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands, where we spend a lot of our holidays. Back home in the Cotswolds, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful cottage garden, and although my husband, who is retired, does all the real work there, I am very good at issuing him with instructions! I also love visiting local museums, art galleries, stately homes and anywhere else where I might find inspiration for my stories. I’m so lucky to live in the Cotswolds where such places abound.
Photo above right by Angela Fitch. Debbie in the bluebell woods