What other jobs have you had? In my 20s, I worked with Will & Company, a theatre group that teaches Shakespeare to children. We would tour schools with our plays and teach residencies. It was great fun and really fulfilling. I also worked with Playfair and toured colleges in a one-person show.
What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? One of the best things is that I am connecting with readers on an international level. I created a fan video compiled of pictures from around the world that readers have sent me showing their own copy of ‘Lessons from Madame Chic’.
Which books do you recommend? Anything by Alexander McCall Smith, particularly The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. His writing is so uplifting. I also highly recommend ‘The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer’. This book will change your life.
Which movies do you recommend? ‘Amelie’ is my favourite film. It is a must watch for any Francophile. I also love most classic Hollywood films (basically anything with Cary Grant in it).
Who do you really admire? I admire mothers. We have an amazing job raising our kids but it is not easy. The work we do often goes unappreciated. I also greatly admire teachers who have a passion for what they do.
What traditions from your childhood do you continue? Making a wish at sunset. We did this with our grandmother and to this day when I see a sunset, I think of her and make a wish.
Do you collect anything? Cookbooks!
What is something that most people might not know about you? I’ve always wanted to be the next Agatha Christie. I’ve written a mystery that I have yet to publish. I’d love to turn it into a series.
Who else would you like to write a book about? I like to incorporate people I encounter in everyday life in my books, so if you’ve met me, and you inspired me, you might end up in my next book!
What are you working on next? My next book explores our routines at home and shares how we can inject passion into the most mundane aspects of everyday life. It will be released around Christmas, 2014.
Read my review of ‘Lessons from Madame Chic’ here.