I only like square-ended chips so when I’m out my friends give me their square-ended ones I give them my pointy-ended ones.

Claire Dyer

Claire Dyer

My favourite crisps are folded-over ones.

I used to be Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, am a Freeman of the City of London and am one of the few female Clerks to steer a Company to Livery.

I fall in love with my main male characters and am sorry to have to break up with them when I finish the novel.

Family legend has it that my ancestor was the Count of Boulogne who came over with William the Conqueror in 1066 and is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. 

Moreover, the Count’s daughter is reputed to have married King Stephen I of England so, technically speaking, I am a princess.

Legend also has it that an even more distant ancestor was Saint Eustace. He had a chequered life, but I can safely say there is nothing saintly about me.

I know how my novels will end but pretend I don’t so that the endings surprise me because I think if I’m surprised, then the reader hopefully will too.

I plot my novels before I go to sleep at night and when I swim first thing in the morning.

I’ve always wanted to play the drums and have had lessons but am absolutely hopeless.

The Last Day by Claire Dyer is out now, price £8.99 in paperback (The Dome Press)