Retired teacher, a girl from the North Country, and proud of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rail and mining town in Co Durham, with a family who had struggled through the Depression, and the War, and their Methodist and Socialist values were a big influence upon me. My Great Granny "ruled" the family; she was very strict, very strong and very respected by the whole community. She was one of the biggest influences in my early life.
When did you first start writing?
I have written bits and pieces since I was a child - poems, stories, letters.
I am pleased that most people liked and rated this book. It's hard to expose yourself and be judged, and Laura Russell (see unkind review below) must be a particularly nasty person. I liked the book and agree with all the good things said.