Author of “Community Spirit”
Q what inspired the story?
“Community Spirit” is based on my own shop in rural Devon but it’s very different. Although, like Anna, many of my lovely customers have become friends and are just as protective of the shop. I love our chats, and cups of tea are, of course, vital.
I’ve also been involved in lots of local projects including setting up a community cinema, hence the film references, and wanted to reflect all the hard work people do in their communities.
At the same time, I love a light-hearted romance and hopefully it’s a story that leaves readers feeling better and makes them smile.
Q what’s the best compliment a reader could give you?
To say they want to know what happens next. I hope readers feel they’ve got to know Anna, Jimmy and Mrs Mullins and want to revisit the community. There are plenty more stories about Wild and Homeless Books to be told.
Q what, in your opinion, makes a good story?
It has to have a believable situation with characters I care about. I also enjoy immersing myself in a fictional world and building up a picture of what lies around each corner. That’s what keeps me coming back. Wild and Homeless Books is a mix of lots of different places but I can see every part of it.
Q what’s your favourite writing snack?
It has to be the stash of Tunnock’s Teacakes I keep safely hidden from my teenagers.