We were recently joined for a lunchtime masterclass with Freya North, the best-selling author whose 12th novel, Rumours, is out now.
With 11 bestsellers to her name over the last 16 years, Freya is acclaimed for her ability to paint colourful characters who give resonance to contemporary themes as well as a modern take on traditional tales of love, family and friendship.
Throughout her career, Freya has explored a broad spectrum of subjects and themes: from sleepwalkers to bridge builders, Tour de France riders to jewellers, clown doctors to art historians, prostitutes to tree surgeons.
She is also renowned for her ability to depict a strong sense of place and is passionate about the UK - its landscape, villages and cities.
Freya’s latest novel, Rumours, is a story about starting over and learning from the past, about sticking to principles and finding a way to love again. Previous titles include Sally (1996), Love Rules (2005), Secrets (2009), Pillow Talk (2007 - winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2008) and last year’s summer bestseller Chances. Her works have been translated into many languages and her UK sales stand at over two million.
Born and raised in North London, Freya now lives on a small farm in Hertfordshire with her two children.
This web chat is now closed but you can read all the questions posed to Freya and her replies in the transcript, below.