Long story - perhaps you'll have to listen to Premier Radio on Thursday for the answer to that. Long story short: I didn't fit in with my extrovert family. Loved reading on my own, started writing, had my 1st rejection slip aged 14. Then worked for American author, Paul Gallico. Wrote a non-fiction account of my broken marriage (under a pen name). Got picked up by publishers, Hodder & Stoughton; commissions and a No. 4 bestseller followed.