“The pseudonym was just a way of disconnecting myself from all of the baggage that comes with being me,” she said. “Being me has many privileges, so this isn’t a complaint in the slightest, but at the same time, as I entered this new genre, one that I’d always wanted to write in, a place I’d always wanted to be; I really wanted to go in without expectation or baggage.
“To receive reviews from people like Val McDermid or James Patterson without them knowing it was me, was just fabulous. I wrote them thank you letters in Robert’s fake handwriting! Then I was rumbled about two weeks later and I had to write them all thank you letters again in my real handwriting apologising for the first ones.”