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What’s Their Secret? Fiona Ford @Fionajourno confesses! #HerLastSecret


To celebrate #HerLastSecret going on sale, I’ve asked authors to share their secrets with me… Today it’s Spark Girl author Fiona Ford

Fiona Ford was born in Cornwall and grew up in Bath. As well as having a thirst for books Fiona had a huge interest in history and adored listening to her grandfather talk about his time in the navy during World War Two. Together they spent many a happy afternoon poring over the large collection of photos he had taken travelling the globe, somehow managing to perfectly capture life during wartime.

Although Fiona went on to develop a successful career as a journalist, she never forgot her passion for the past.

Now, Fiona has combined her love of writing with her love of days gone by in The Spark Girl, the first in a series of wartime sagas.


Secret writing ritual…

A 30 second bop to Marillion’s Kayleigh at full blast when I get stuck, always gets me going again.

Secret writing snack…

Salt and Vinegar pop chips every time.

Secret celebration when you finish a WIP…

A full on danceathon around my office with a fizzy wine, and music combo filled with Pete Tong, Justin Timerblake and yes more Basement Jaxx and yes more Marillion!

‘Guilty secret’ read…

Katie Price, Make my Wish Come True. Surprisingly well written!

‘Guilty secret’ tv programme…

Got to be Grey’s Anatomy even though its gone to the dogs since (spoiler alert) they bumped off McDreamy.

Shared secret

I’ve spent far too much on a summer wardrobe for my upcoming two week holiday in Greece, insisting to my husband that all ‘new’ purchases were bought months ago! 

Secret peek into your latest book

The Spark Girl’s Promise: January 1941. Peggy Collins has learned a lot during her time as a Spark Girl. Posted to Swansea, she is dedicated to her job as a driver to the Major Colonel of the barracks. But when Peggy meets and falls in love with pilot Jim Hudson, her heart is broken when he becomes missing in action. Fearing the worst Peggy has no choice but to keep fighting for her country, but a shock promise made long ago, threatens all she holds dear. Can she keep her word while the bombs continue to fall?

Secret Santa… (If you could give a happy ending to any character who would it be, and what would you do?)

I wouldn’t have bumped off McDreamy in Grey’s, thus saving the character and the show itself!


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HER LAST SECRET is out on Friday 13th October. Lucky for you – unlucky for the Thomas family…

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