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The rom-com author may be well established now but, as she tells Margaret James, she had to put the work in


The Sunday Times bestselling novelist Trisha Ashley is very successful nowadays, but her personal writing journey has been a long and sometimes difficult one involving several leaps of faith. ‘I’ve known I wanted to be a writer and painter since I was little,’ she says, ‘and, after working my way through the fiction in my local branch library, I found I wanted to create characters and stories of my own.

‘At secondary school, I was encouraged by my brilliant English teacher, Miss White. I owe her such a lot! She even wangled me a few typing lessons because she thought being able to touch type would be a great help to me – and so it proved to be. I often think of her with gratitude.

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