Sharon Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Julie Cohen, Carole Matthews and many, many more.
What book do you most often recommend to friends?
Katherine by Anya Seton. I read this book when I was a teenager and fell in love with historical fiction instantly. Also, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers,second edition by Renni Browne and Dave King.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Not as such. When I first started writing I could write pretty much anywhere but now I’m much more productive in my office.
If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?
The job I’m still doing. I’m a District and Queen’s Nurse and I teach on the pre-registration degree programme in a London University.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Someone emailing you to tell you they loved your book.
What one item could you not live without?
My family photo album as it has photos dating back to the 1870s.
Tell us something that will shock your readers?
I once auditioned as a bunny girl with a friend. She was turned down but I was accepted however, I didn’t take the job.
What makes you happy?
My Hero-at-Home, my three daughters and my six grandchildren.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Your life is just that – yours! Don’t let people tell you how to live it.
The members of my dream book club would be…
Michael Wood, Tony Robinson, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie Lloyd and my best friend Dee.
Jean’s wonderfully moving Christmas midwife story Christmas With Nurse Millie is out now exclusively in eBook.