It took me quite a while. I always loved storytelling, both oral and written, from a young age. For many years in my 20s I worked as a bookseller. Following that I worked in the charity sector. When I hit my 40s, however, I felt I had lost my way, and on the advice of a friend, I started to write, mainly just as a hobby. I was 44 and it felt as if I had unleashed something that was always there calling to me but I simply hadn’t been listening well enough. At 46, I began to study for a Masters in creative writing, and there I worked on a draft of my debut novel When All Is Said. Nine months after qualifying and 36 rejections later, I found a publisher.