I decided to write a story which I would love to read, which, at the end of the last page, makes you want to go back to the beginning again. It’s hard. It’s particularly hard as I get scared quite easily. If you were to take me to the cinema to watch a ghost or horror flick, be warned that I scream out loud. My husband says my choice of genre is a bit ironic, but then again, I love the challenge of it. … When I felt ready, I did a complete re-write, together with a ‘field trip’ to Vienna. I thought the novel had improved, but I really didn’t know whether it was good enough. So I sent it to TLC to have one of their readers, Ashley Stokes, look through it. His feedback gave me a massive boost.