Penelope Cress lives on an island off the coast of Kent, England, with her four children and an elderly Jack Russell Terrier. A lover of murder mystery and cups of tea (served with a stack of digestive biscuits), she writes quaint cosy mysteries and other feel-good stories from a corner table in the vintage tea shop on the high street. Penelope loves nostalgia and all things retro. Her taste in music is also very last century.
Author interview – Penelope Cress
Hi Penelope, so glad you could make it to my blog! Please let us know: when did you start writing, and why?
I was a late bloomer, so to speak. I wasn’t one of those people who said they have always wanted to write or that I have a burning ache in my heart to do so. I wrote to complete my homework, or pass an exam, or for an essay, or work project. Even if I needed to be creative, it was functional. Then one day, I was on a fan site and started to add to some fan fiction. People responded well so I set up my own parody site with a friend. A few years later, I was invited to help with a business book, which weirdly had a short story in part two as an extended metaphor. I found I quite enjoyed writing fiction and very slowly I started to do a bit more here and there, until I finally published my first book at the beginning of 2020.Read More →