The Heat of a Lie was partly inspired by my own grandmother. She could always tell if I was, er, practising my fiction techniques. Maybe I should have wiped the jam smears off my face before trying to claim Mum hadn’t given me any tea?
The idea for Can I Really Do It? came from a discussion with a friend. She said something about me being far braver than her because I talk to groups, yet she was driving because I’m terribly nervous behind the wheel. We all have different fears don’t we – and need different motivation to overcome them.