It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.
My best friend is the most important girl, outside of family, to me. I met her when I went to college and we bonded immediately. I'd do anything for her at any time. We phone each other every day.
I have turned away from the thought of writing fiction in the past through what I suppose is, actually, fear. The direct, raw invitation for the reader to come in and explore my imagination is fairly scary for me so I have busied myself with so much else.
In actual life I am a grumpy old bag.
I want to do something where I play Judi Dench's younger sister or daughter.
That's the weird thing about not being married - you can't get regular kissing; you can't be guaranteed of it, and that's a great shame.
It was fantastic to work in Cornwall partly because my family live there so I was able to do lots of visiting and eat lots of cake. They live all over Cornwall and all over Devon.
When I wrote 'Dear Fatty,' I realised that sitting and writing alone is an absolute joy.
If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush.
I'll always be a fat girl and I am happy with that.
That's the awful thing about dating. Tight underwear. We would all like to be in a big bra and pants and when you are in a secure relationship you can do that.
I've often said the most difficult things I have to say to people through humour. I can very quickly put someone in their place with it. But we all walk away unscathed because there's been some funnies around it, and I'll usually make sure that it comes back at me.
Divorce is not easy, but if you genuinely put your kids first, that dictates the civility you should show each other. What example are you otherwise?
I keep my own personality in a cupboard under the stairs at home so that no one else can see it or nick it.
For me, whatever age or size I've been, I have rather liked myself. The shell is not the thing at all.
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