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‘I write everywhere all the time’
A Quick Q&A with Liz Fenwick

Liz Fenwick’s bestselling Cornish romances, The Cornish House and A Cornish Affairare the next best thing to a mini-break on the coast. Liz dropped by One Book Lane for a chat ahead of the publication of her spelling-binding new novel Under a Cornish Sky

Who is your favourite author?

Such a hard question but possibly Kate Atkinson or maybe Jojo Moyes. These days I read so much more non-fiction for research – time is limited.

What book do you most often recommend to friends?

This year it’s Not Forgetting the Whale by John Ironmonger but in the past it has been The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Do you have any writing rituals?

No, can’t afford to as I write everywhere all the time unless, of course, you mean coffee, checking emails, twitter and Facebook before I begin!

If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?

I can think of three…a fine artist, PR or teaching.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Going to work in my pyjamas…seriously it’s hearing from readers who have loved the books. It is such an honour.

What one item could you not live without?

Coffee and books and notebooks and pens…

I would love to be in a book club with some of my old high school and university friends so I could see how life had changed us all and how our values had altered by how we reacted to the books chosen.

Tell us something that will shock your readers

I read only two novels a year from the birth of my first child until my youngest was in school. I was just too tired to focus properly and only read on holidays. Of course I was reading to the children all the time and could still recite some of those books by heart even now!

What makes you happy?

My family, a good book and looking at the sea. Oh and wine…

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

You have to love yourself before you can love someone else…

The members of my dream book club would be . . .

I’m tempted to say Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne…but that would embarrass my daughter too much and she’d fight me for a place!

I would love to be in one with some of my old high school and university friends so I could see how life had changed us all and how our values had altered by how we reacted to the books chosen.

Under A Cornish Sky is out now paperback, eBook and audio.

Liz Fenwick

Growing up in Boston, Liz discovered early on that her best friends could be books. While waiting on a place for Harvard, she moved to London to see if life looked different from the other side of the Atlantic. It did and she soon fell in love with an Englishman. Now happily married with three children, she spends as much time as possible at her home in Cornwall.