I've been writing for as long as I can remember and I spend as much time as I can behind my monitor. This sometimes means I neglect the housework, but I can count on my partner to pull me up in that area. I usually get a couple of warnings and then ... Well, let's just say that my life isn't so terribly dissimilar to that of the heroines I write about.

Like them I'm not much into the drudgery that is often a woman's lot. I don't like shopping unless it's for something exciting like ornaments or jewellery, and I don't enjoy cooking unless it's making a fancy dessert that I can decorate.

I don't consider myself frivolous, though. Following a lifestyle in which my behaviour and attitude is regularly reviewed and corrected is not an easy choice. And then I'm earnest and sincere about my writing to a fault ...