Started out as a botanist, though one always reading way off-topic. After various university degrees (have a doctorate in botany), started writing about gardens - of which I've had several, always centred around interesting old houses. I've had columns in various UK national papers, including the Sunday Times. I still write occasionally for that and for the Guardian.
After twelve books and a thousand articles, I felt like a change.
Then, on a hot night in Morocco, my Narrator arrived. She turned out to be interested in a lot of the research I'd done for DANGEROUS GARDEN (Harvard University Press), but her voice had rather the accent of Muriel Spark, and a tinge of Virginia Woolf. The plot has the darkness and humour of ... well, you decide on LOBSTER NIGHTS. Poisons. Morocco. London. New York. A school for wicked women. The Sisterhood. Fortune telling. Murder. And more.
My agent thought : What a novel idea! I loved the concept and the storyline. How wickedly amusing and delightful – reminds me of the old Ealing Studios movies
where you cannot but love the murderers because they’re all so likeable
and funny…. However, do I read it right that you kill The Narrative off in the end?
Rather a shame because it’ll be great to have the opportunity of making
a series of this character and the Sisterhood, maybe even to become
murderers for good causes?
If you'd like to see the synopsis, and a few chapters, go to http://lobsternights.wordpress.com
I now garden in London, Lincolnshire and the Scottish borders.