Tell us about the location you chose for your SUNLOUNGER story… I chose mysterious Marrakech – the thought of writing a scene where the sun sets over the crazy main square (Jemaa el-Fnaa) totally floated my boat and then I couldn’t imagine setting it anywhere else. I did a lot of research (AKA daydreaming).
Have your books featured any exotic destinations? My books as Tamsyn Murray are all set in London but I’ve recently written an e-novella as my alter-ego Holly Hepburn, which has a scene set in summery Paris. It’s called CUPIDITY and I drew on one of my favourite ever memories, of walking beside the Seine one balmy July evening, with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance. Le sigh.
If you could live anywhere in the world… New York, baby! I went for a few days in 2011 and completely fell in love with every single bit I saw. The plan is to write a book set there but I think I need another research trip first. I do, don’t I?
Destination you’ve returned to the most times? Umbria in Italy. A friend had an apartment in a tiny town near Orvieto and I’ve been back five or six times. It’s only ninety minutes from Rome by train, and a car journey to Siena, plus there’s a gorgeously serene lake in an old volcanic crater about twenty minutes away. I’ve spent many a happy afternoon by that lake, eyeing up the delectable Italian men over the top of a paperback.
Favourite world cuisine? Italian – pizza, pasta, gelato. If I was Italian I would be gigantic.
Favourite holiday cocktail? Long Island Ice Tea
What was your best or worst holiday romance? I have never had a holiday romance – sob!