Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my writing hut looking out at the impudent little fat robin which hops about on the bush opposite. I live in the Derbyshire countryside... It's wonderfully peaceful and a great place to write.
What are you currently reading
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. The brilliance of it is that you are rooting for Ripley, and yet he's a mass murderer.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
I love the graphic novels of Posy Simmons. She's a genius at skewering middle-class and literary pretensions.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's a pimped garden shed with an extension, a chaise longue, a phrenologist's head, a turntable and a red telephone.
Which fictional character most resmbles you?
Darrell in Malory Towers. She was always my inspiration as a child, as she wanted to be a writer.
Who is your hero/ heroine from outside literature?
I love Michelle Obama. Not only for her glamour, which is immense, but her poise.
Wendy Holden is a judge for the Novel category of the Costa Book Awards 2012. Her new novel 'Gifted and Talented' (Review) is published next year