Variety is the spice of my life. I don't really have favourite authors who stay with me forever. I love to read Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler and lots more, but I have phases. It depends what kind of reading mood I'm in.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I still have it. My mother kept it in an album for me. It was about an 'elifant that laft at peeple' because he thought they looked funny. I was five years old.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live in a beautiful area of Languedoc in southern France. When I'm not writing I go outside and look at it.
What is your writing process?
I write every day. Sometimes my work in progress takes a back seat when something more urgent pops up, like a short story for a magazine or I decide to pitch for a piece of creative non-fiction. Generally, I go with whatever is flowing and don't beat myself up if I feel like taking a break.
Why do you write as Celia and Mick?
As with my choice of reading, I like to write in different genres, too. Celia's brand is very different from Mick's, but It's no secret we're the same person.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Patterns of Our Lives is a 'who do you think you are?' story. Audrey Freeman keeps albums of old photographs, but those little black and white snapshots are like covers on a novel. They don't tell everything. Audrey sets out to find the truth about her mother, but are there some things she was never meant to know? I had an original working title of Walsingham Matilda and it wasn't until my main character actually spoke the words -'patterns of our lives' - I realised she'd just given me a much better title, one that sums up perfectly the theme of the book.
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