What do you want to know?
I can give you details, such as where I was born (Fulham, London), or what my background is (Irish). Are you interested in the fact I'm an only child? Or that I've been reading voraciously ever since I first decoded my Janet and John books?
Maybe you want to find out what I did for a living before words were my bread and butter. I worked in the silverware buying department of John Lewis; I can talk credibly about butter knives. I ran a wool shop; I can knit socks. I produced radio commercials; I can swan around Soho with a mobile glued to my ear. I was a voiceover agent with a starry client list; I can tell you what Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Rob Brydon are really like.
Or do you want a tale of creative woe about the heartbreaking process of being published? No good asking me for that; the first agent I approached took me on, and the first publisher she called gave me a book deal.
Since then I've written six novels as Bernadette Strachan, before writing three as Juliet Ashton, three as Claire Sandy and another two in the pipeline. I also co-write musicals, as Bernie Gaughan, the same name I use for my screenwriting.
I'm married, if that matters. To a man called Matthew, who's a composer; we write those aforementioned musicals together. Do you need to know that I have a daughter? Just the one. There are dogs, lots of books, a bit of baking.
Now you know everything.
"It's official: the drought of fresh new chick-lit is over…the sparkling language and hilarious scenes should keep you enthralled from the very first page"
Heat on The Reluctant Landlady
"This novel is kooky but great fun. Strachan has a talent for inventing larger-than-life characters with intriguing idiosyncrasies, which stops her novels becoming predictable chick-lit."
The Sun on Little White Lies
"touching examination of the bonds that unite women with women and women with men, with moments of hilarity. The scenes Involving the commune's pet pig, Dave, lying resplendent in his primped and perfumed sty, are worth the cover price in themselves."
The Guardian on Why Do We Have to Live With Men?
"A delicious story of love and loss that had me utterly entranced. It made me laugh and it made me weep, but most of all it made me relish the warmth of the human heart."
Kate Furnival on These Days of Ours