With an insatiable appetite for other people’s business, Erica will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother’s compulsion.

The author of nineteen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, The Dandelion Years, Erica divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she now strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

2006 – Erica wins the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her novel Gardens of Delight.