Linda Finlay

Linda Finlay

  1. Like Sarah in Monday's Child, I am a crepuscular person i.e. I work best between the hours of dusk and dawn.
  2. And like Harry Higgins, the school master, I love unusual words and refer to myself as a scarlock rather than a red head - it sounds so much wilder and romantic somehow.
  3. My brain works faster than my hand which means I have the most dreadful handwriting - so frustrating when I've jotted down an absolute gem earwigged in the local cafe, then can't read it back.
  4. My first payment cheque was for winning a short story competition in the local newspaper, aged 11. It was about a tiger roaming wild in the jungle and I spent the money on a pair of faux 'animal print' shoes which I thought the height of sophistication.
  5. I was drummed out of needlework classes at school and put in the boys' woodworking class, much to my delight but my mother's dismay. Regrettably, my sewing still leaves much to be desired.
  6. Despite this, I have made it my mission to learn all the crafts featured in my books so that I can write about them with some degree of authority. To date I have made pillow lace, a Victorian bonnet, perfume and a fisherman's knit frock (gansey). For Monday's child I researched the process of taking apart and re-modelling clothes but have yet to actually finish making an entire garment. I will though!
  7. I loathe having my photograph taken. Smile and I look like a gormless gorilla, adopt a serious pose and everyone asks why I'm sad. Consequently, I always try and hide behind someone else, which drives my family mad.
  8. Conversely, as a trained image consultant, I love making people up and showing them how to look their best. Appearances feature strongly in my stories, enabling me to get right under the skins of my characters thereby understanding how and why they act as they do.
  9. If you see a mad woman jumping up and down on the pavement outside a bookshop, then that will be me. I'm still getting used to the thrill of seeing my books on the shelves.
  10. Don't tell anyone, but I have a burgeoning idea for a story that's wildly romantic and not a little decadent. However, as it is set in an exotic location (it wouldn't work otherwise) I am saving my advances until I have enough to go jetting off - purely for research purposes of course. After all, it's so important to get the facts right, isn't it?

Monday's Child is out on 20th October 2016.