I grew up surrounded by stories and storytelling.
My father, John Box, was a film production designer, working on Ã¢â¬ËLawrence of ArabiaÃ¢â¬â¢, Ã¢â¬ËDr. ZhivagoÃ¢â¬â¢, Ã¢â¬ËThe Great GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢, Ã¢â¬ËA Man For All Seasons' and the musical Ã¢â¬ËOliverÃ¢â¬â¢. Our house was always filled with people, usually eccentric, always talented, invariably stroppy, discussing stories. My mother put my fatherÃ¢â¬â¢s four Oscars to good use as toilet roll holders, doorstops and hat stands.
A major chunk of my childhood was spent loitering around on film sets. Who needs an Ã¢â¬ËEnglish educationÃ¢â¬â¢ when you have the polystyrene-coated streets of downtown Moscow, ten miles outside of Madrid, to explore?
But then the years of Ã¢â¬ËWho Will Buy My Sweet Red RosesÃ¢â¬â¢ came to a rather abrupt end. Reality knocked on the door in the guise of the Metropolitan Line to Shepherds Bush and the BBC. Working in television as a script editor and story consultant, I was part of the creative team responsible for setting up Ã¢â¬ËCasualtyÃ¢â¬â¢. I became known for going after the more Ã¢â¬ËdifficultÃ¢â¬â¢ stories at the same time successfully racking up viewing figures from 7 to 14 million.
I went on to develop various projects for both the BBC and the independent sector. The period I enjoyed most was working with Jack Rosenthal, a wonderful writer, on the series Ã¢â¬ËMoving StoryÃ¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ËThatÃ¢â¬â¢s a situation, a good situation, but now you need to make it into a story.Ã¢â¬â¢
Martin, my husband, was made an offer he couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t refuse and we left England to live in Amsterdam. Ã¢â¬ËIk wil een kilo kabeljauw, alstublieftÃ¢â¬â¢ will, if all goes well, buy you a piece of cod Ã¢â¬â I decided to concentrate on my writing rather than my Dutch pronunciation.
My debut novel, Ã¢â¬ËWeÃ¢â¬â¢ve Come to Take You HomeÃ¢â¬â¢, set in the present and in 1918, a crossover aimed at the adult and young adult womenÃ¢â¬â¢s popular fiction market, is due for publication in the Spring of 2016 with Matador/Troubador Publishing
We've Come to Take You Home has made it to the NetGalley top 10 books of the month for March! Many thanks to Ben Cameron at Cameron PR and Marketing for nominating this, my debut novel.