TV presenter and workaholic author Fern Britton gives us our 23rd Writer's Routine!
Fern has just published her 8th novel, Coming Home. It tells the story of a woman returning to her Cornish hometown after many years away, and how she fixes the relationships that have been broken through time. Fern's books are mostly all set in her beloved Cornwall, in fictitious villages that treat you the same way as a hot-water bottle. They're warming, comfy but have that odd element of mysterious danger.
Making her name on 'Ready, Steady, Cook', 'This Morning' and 'Strictly Come Dancing', Fern now spends most of her time gazing over farmland and a blank Word Document from her cottage-study. We talk about how a huge filing cabinet helps her plan stories, why her listeners forced her hand in continuing a finished tale, and how she makes her characters 3 dimensional.