I've had stories going round in my head for as long as I can remember - since before I could walk, I think - so being able to get some of them down on paper is a wonderful release. Researching a book means you get to live your fantasy life more intensely: so recently I've been reading up about rock stars and old English mansions. And that's my job! It rocks. Sometimes you're writing a scene and a character just takes over and does something surprising and amazing. Those days are special. And after slaving away over a book for a year, hearing back from a reader that they loved one of your characters, was inspired by a theme, or that she was helped through a difficult time in her life, or even that she just couldn't put it down - it's the most rewarding feeling you can get. Plus, I love to make things. Looking at a bookshelf, and seeing lots of stories I made there - that's special too. I've often said being a writer is the best job in the world, and it is.