5 minutes with author Martina Cole

Martina-Cole.-Photographer-credit-Charlotte-MurphyThe best-selling British crime writer has written 19 novels, several of which have been turned into TV and theatre dramas, and sold more than ten million copies of her books in the UK alone. She has a grown son and a teenage daughter and lives in Kent

Who was the first person you spoke to this morning?


What would your perfect day be?

Lunch in Northern Cyprus at a restaurant called The House and Garden, then the beach.

What would surprise people about you?

I can replicate anyone’s signature.

What makes you smile?

My grandchildren.

What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?

Reading Talking Hollywood by Shari King (Pan, £7.77), watching horror series Penny Dreadful and listening to the Smashing Pumpkins and Pink Floyd.

What skill would you most like to have?

Flying! A Supergirl-type thing

Can you sum yourself up in three words?

Determined, honest, happy.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A nun, then an astronaut, then Calamity Jane!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Idris Elba, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Morrison, Samuel L Jackson, Gerry Adams, George RR Martin and Janis Joplin.

What are you most proud of?

My family.

What inspires you?

Just being alive.

What is your most treasured possession?

First edition of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?

Jeremy Paxman – brains and beauty!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

When I was young, my mum told me to post £5 to myself every Monday so I would always have a fiver for the weekend!

The Good Life by Martina Cole (Headline, £19.99) is out now.

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