I love Australia and was so pleased to set part of my new novella - The Christmas Forest - in Secret Harbour, WA.

Cliff walks in L'Etacq inspire me on a daily basis, whatever the weather!

The beach at L'Etacq, where Christmas on the Coast is set.

Rosamunde Pilcher. My favourite writer - she inspired me to write comforting, feel good stories...

I love this film and watch it every Christmas! I wanted Christmas at the Vicarage to give the reader a warm glow, just like I get from watching Love Actually.

Rev John Lambourne - the Rev Bernie Pemberton in Christmas at the Vicarage is very much based on my Dad.

Granny Green (on the left, next to Mum) - Gladys the cat in Christmas at the Vicarage is named after my late Granny.

Hope Cove - Potter's Cove in Christmas at the Vicarage is based on this small village in South Devon.