When Tally discovers her pendant is home to the Angel Jophiel, she knows life will never be same again. But what good is an angel who won’t appear in front of others? Especially when she needs to convince her friend Balvan she knows where the kidnapped children of India are being held. Will Jophiel help Tally and Balvan escape the kidnappers’ clutches, or will they all perish?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write in the mornings in my little office which looks out onto a field. It’s away from the house and very quiet. In the afternoons I like to edit, sitting on the sofa in the same office, with my dogs and cat keeping me company.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I always walk the dogs first thing and plan my day’s chapter. I also have an alarm on my phone called “Screentime” which goes off every 20 minutes to remind me to look away from the computer for 20 seconds at something 20 feet distant (to avoid eyestrain and headaches). I get so engrossed that it feels like it’s going off every two minutes!
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I like a mug of coffee around ten a.m. I have to drink it in one go though, otherwise I forget about it.
– What is your favourite book?
My favourite book is The Lord of the Rings. I have read it 19 times (18 times in English and once in Greek) and find something new every time.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I do. I have an idea for a YA novel which I would like to start sometime soon.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I don’t, no. I may take features or traits and use them but none of my characters are based entirely on people I know. Inventing new people is part of the fun!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I take my mobile phone on which I have a ‘notes’ app where I can dictate ideas. That’s much easier than trying to write something when I’m out with dogs for instance.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t like horror. I don’t want to be scared, especially if I’m on my own in the house at night!
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Am I allowed someone who is no longer living? Because it would be J R R Tolkein. I can’t imagine the great man would want to write with little old me, but it would be awesome.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Each book of Tally and the Angel is set in a different country, and I have travelled to them all for research. Having real experience of a place is so important in my opinion. Of course, with the internet it’s not necessary to go anywhere nowadays, but true knowledge of a place comes out in the writing, I think.
Thank you, Eleanor Dixon and Rachel’s Random Researches
About the author
My school life was spent in a girls’ boarding-school specialising in classical ballet and on leaving I danced professionally, touring Europe, for 4 years. After that I ran my own ballet school in Athens, Greece and simultaneously volunteered as a veterinary nurse, as my love of animals is the driving force in my life. I returned to England with my horse and my cat, and now live on a smallholding in Shropshire with various farm animals and a constant stream of pets.
I started writing while in Greece and completed a Creative Writing Course with the Writers’ Bureau. The same year, I won an annual competition in the Writing Magazine for an adult Fairy Story.
On my return to England, I wrote two children’s books, but my new life, caring for Highland Cattle, sheep, hens and pets, coupled with extensive global travel, meant that writing for publication took a back seat. I continued my love of writing with a daily journal and amusing travel blogs of each trip.
I am now writing full time and TALLY AND THE ANGEL is the first of a planned series. Their next adventure takes place in Canada, in North Yukon and the third in Japan. I intend them to have adventures in Greece, Egypt, Peru, Africa – anywhere I have been, really.
My first book THE GRACEFUL GHOST is shortlisted for the UK Selfies 2021 Award.