Janet Ellis at Lyric theatre, Hammersmith 26.5.09
Janet Ellis trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She is best known for presenting Blue Peter and contributes to numerous radio and TV programmes. She recently graduated from the Curtis Brown creative writing school. The Butcher's Hook is her first novel.
I've got a varied CV up till now as an actress, a presenter, a broadcaster and a voice-over artist. And now I'm absolutely thrilled to add ‘writer’ to that list. The Butcher's Hook, my first novel, is a dark, twisted love story full of surprises, sadness and humour – and there's quite a bit of blood spilled, too. It may not be the book people might have expected me to write, but once I'd started telling my heroine, Anne Jaccob's, story, she and I went to some unexpected places and I really enjoyed her company!
I've got three children, four grandchildren, a husband and a dog. I love them all; and also love cooking, walking, eating and more cooking. Writing means more to me than anything else I do. It's the most personal and the most important thing – and it's certainly what I'd most like to talk with you about.