Tell us about the location you chose for your SUNLOUNGER story… Cayman Brac belongs to the Cayman Islands and looks like the perfect hideaway with its sandy beaches and tucked away coves – simply peaceful, tropical, mystical and magical.
Have any of your books featured exotic destinations? Both CUPCAKES AT CARRINGTONS and CHRISTMAS AT CARRINGTONS are set in a fictitious seaside town. It may not be exotic but it’s heavily based on my beloved Brighton where I was born, spent my childhood and still live now. For me, there’s no other place like Brighton – the peppermint green railings on the promenade, the iconic pier where I worked as a teenager in a t shirt printing shop owned by a retired drag queen, but most of all it’s the vibe, the unique something that Brighton has and I’m not talking about the trendiness, it’s more than that, it’s the locals I grew up with, the memories of all night parties on the beach, the basement nightclubs now long gone, the little monkeys on the old West pier, eating sandwiches on the beach after school, running through the deserted Laines in the early hours of a Sunday after an epic night out at one of the secret dance venues. Shopping in Hannignton’s, a magnificent powder-blue department store, the inspiration for Carrington’s department store… I LOVE it all.
If you could live anywhere in the world… San Francisco – it’s a very special place for me because my sister has lived there for over twenty years and I have such fantastic memories of visiting, it really is a home from home. I get homesick for San Fran, even though I don’t live there! I love everything about it – the happy vibe, the tourist sights, but most of all just hanging out and catching up in my brother-in-law’s bar, O’Reilly’s, in the famous North Beach area.
Destination you’ve returned to the most times? San Francisco (see above!)
Favourite cuisine from around the world? Sweet potato and chickpea tagine.
Favourite holiday cocktail? Caipirinha