Suellen Dainty

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I worked as a journalist and television producer after leaving university. It never occurred to me to write fiction. Like many working single mothers, I was too busy and too tired to try for anything more.
But my two children grew up. Finally I could ditch the day job. I moved from London to a small farm in Somerset, where I ran a B and B and learned how to be a short order cook and iron mountains of bedlinen very quickly. I also studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and at Bath Spa University.Then a fight against breast cancer gave me the impetus I needed. No time to lose!
At the age of 62, my first novel, After Everything, was published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S. and by Picador in Australia. I'm currently writing my
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Suellen Dainty It's a crowded field - Heathcliff and Cathy, Scarlett and Rhett, plus so many more -but finally, I'll go for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, because…moreIt's a crowded field - Heathcliff and Cathy, Scarlett and Rhett, plus so many more -but finally, I'll go for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, because they remain true to their own characters while falling in love. They don't pretend to be someone else or alter aspects of their personalities in order to appeal. For a novel written so long ago, it has a wonderfully modern philosophy on relationships.(less)
Suellen Dainty I set a timer for 20 minutes, sit down at my computer and make myself write without stopping until I hear the alarm. Much of what I've written during…moreI set a timer for 20 minutes, sit down at my computer and make myself write without stopping until I hear the alarm. Much of what I've written during that time is rubbish, but generally there is something of use and it beats staring at the screen and feeling panicked.(less)
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