Veronica Henry is an award winning author who has worked on many well-known TV shows including Heartbeat and Holby City before she turned her hand to writing fiction. Previously she has penned novels including ‘A Night on the Orient Express' and ‘The Beach Hut Next Door, and we caught up with her for a chat about her latest novel ‘High Tide' which is set in Cornwall.
Many of your novels are based on the coastline. What is it that you love about writing about the coastline?
I think the coast makes for interesting dramatic situations, as it attracts people who have lived by the sea all their life and people who have moved there to live the dream. I love writing the descriptions, of course, but also writing about the challenges of living somewhere beautiful but not always easy: it can be hard to earn a living and it can be remote, especially in the winter. All of which makes for tension - especially in relationships. And it's romantic: an unexpected encounter on a windswept beach is far more exciting to write than one in a shopping mall.
What is your first memory of Cornwall?
My first memory of Cornwall is a long weekend with my parents and brother in Falmouth. We went to a pub which served huge plates of shell-on prawns in garlic butter, mopped up with hunks of granary bread. We still talk about that meal today.
What is your favourite place in Cornwall and why?
I try and get away to Fowey two or three times a year if I can. I love sitting and watching the activity in the harbour: all the boats coming and going. It's better than television any day!
Can you describe your latest novel ‘High Tide' in 5 words'?
Stormy weather and stormy lives.
Favourite Cornish delicacy?
Crab, definitely. You can't beat a really fresh crab sandwich.
Favourite hidden gem in Cornwall?
Ice cream from Lazy Jack's kitchen in Fowey.
You're having a cream tea, jam or cream first?
Cream first. I've always assumed the cream took the place of butter.
Veronica Henry's High Tide is out now in paperback, ebook and audio. Find out more about Veronica and her novels at www.veronicahenry.co.uk.
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