Writing has always been a passion of J.V.Phaure, since her first creative writing lesson in Primary School. The very first story she wrote with depth was when she was ten and it was called 'The Pebble.' To this day she remembers it fondly. A story that as a little girl she had to wish to be anything, and whilst most of her class were wishing they were princesses and popstars, she wished she was a pebble in a pocket of a little girl, where she could travel to all the places the little girl travelled to. At an early age the imagination was awakening.
She penned her first novel at sixteen and left it in a memory box, unpublished.
A city girl at heart, she has lived in some amazing cities, Paris, New York and Trieste. She finally settled back down in London where she worked in publishing until she moved to North Essex.
In 2015, she turned her passion into a career. She had a dream, she had a passion and she wanted to chase and fulfil it. Her inspirations come from the people she watches and meets and the countries she has lived in.
Her novels and the inspiration she has invariably come from real-life events and she will write on real-life issues. She will often say "life isn't a fairytale....so I don't write them."
Her time is spent sitting on a beach writing, in between looking after her beautiful children. When she is not writing or running about after the children, you will no doubt find her chasing the wind and having some fun windsurfing, a sport she just loves.
Quick fire questions for the Author
1. How would you describe writing in four words?
Fulfilling, enchanting, inspiring, heartfelt.
2. What is your motto or maxim?
Follow your dreams, always.
3. How would you describe perfect happiness?
Other than my family - sitting somewhere quiet and writing, normally a beach or my orchard.
4. What’s your greatest fear?
Other than something happening to my family. It would be flying, I'll take any mode of transport than fly, when I can. I took a train from Italy to France when I was twenty, alone, so I didn't have to fly. Have to say it was the most romantic journey ever. I love old-fashioned trains.
5. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
Oooh just for me La Rochelle - windsurfing. Or Peru, I'd love to see Peru.
6. Which living person do you admire most?
I can't name one person. Those who step away from their comfort zones and are vulnerable.
7. What do you call most people in an endearing way?
Gorgeous girl or Gorgeous boy or simply just call people gorgeous.
8. What do you regret most?
Not knowing then what I know now.
9. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
To be able to play the guitar.
10. What is your greatest achievement?
My children and publishing my work.
11. What’s your greatest flaw?
Believing when nobody else does.
12. What’s your best quality?
13. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
Umm, Marilyn Monroe's friend and a thing would be a notebook.
14. What trait is most noticeable about you?
15. Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre, I think he captivated me when I read Jane Eyre when I was about fourteen. Then read Jane Eyre again when I was living with my grandfather in Devon at 18 and I totally fell in love with him!!
16. Who is your favourite fictional villain? A: Fagin
17. If you could meet any literary character, who would it be and what would you say to them?
Mr Rochester, "you moved me".
18. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Kisses at the end of a text from a person I don't know.
19. What do you like to do, when you’re not writing?
Windsurfing and reading!
20. What’s your fantasy profession?
I’m doing it.
21. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
Honesty, listening and kindness.
22. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Twiglets or KP Peanuts, tough one to choose between.
23. What song is played a lot on your playlist?
Ummm, it depends really. Freya Ridings' album and I listen to 'Lost Without You.' I never used to like that song, now I love it. Lewis Capaldi and James Arthur are both up there. They give me great emotional content for when I'm trying to get into a zone for writing a piece.
24. Who are your favourite authors?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Frederick Forsyth, Ruth Ware, John Le Carré and Thomas Hardy.
25. What are your favourite books of all time?
'Return of the Native', 'Jane Eyre', 'The Great Gatsby', 'Dogs of War', 'Icon', 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', 'The Choice', 'Marley and Me'.
26. Is there a book you love to reread?
Absolutely, 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', I love rereading it. I cry every time.
27. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
Don’t stop until you reach the last two words - The End.
28. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
‘I couldn't put it down’.
29. What were your previous occupations?
Worked in publishing, worked in Paris as an English teacher, an au pair, care assistant, a nanny, a waitress, a bar girl.
30. What was/is your favourite job?
Being a writer.
31. Where did you go to school?
An all-girls convent in Staffordshire. Uh oh!
32. Favourite city in the world? London.
33. Name of your favourite composer or music artist?
Barrington Pheloung. I think 'Morse' is one of my favourite pieces by him. I had it played at my wedding.
34. What is your favourite movie?
I have three; 'Life is Beautiful', 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' and 'Kramer v Kramer'.
35. What is your favourite television show?
‘Gogglebox!' or 'Emmerdale' - I have a guilty obsession about Cain Dingle!!
36. What's your favourite season? Without a doubt, the summer, I'm a sun-worshipper. It always feels too short though.