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More about Gaynor - a Q & A session

Q. What books do you enjoy reading?
A. I read all sorts of books, though it will probably come as no surprise that my favourite genre is crime fiction. If I had to select my favourite authors within that category I’d say they are Val McDermid, James Patterson, Mark Billingham, Sophie Hannah, Stephen Booth, Lynda La Plante, Ian Rankin, and Kathy Reichs.

Q. What is the most interesting place you have visited?
A. I have visited so many different countries that it’s impossible to choose a single place. I loved the opulence of Dubai, and it was quite a thrill to go up to the viewing area in the Burj Khalifa. I would recommend a visit to Petra in Jordan, which I can only describe as spectacular. And a couple of years ago I achieved a lifelong ambition of mine by visiting the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

Q. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
A. I love both. When I was a child my family had a dog. He was a Norwegian Elkhound, very strong and extremely affectionate. These days I don’t have the time to devote to a dog, but I’ve had pet cats for more than 20 years. They’re easier to look after as they’re more self-reliant, but they’re still very much part of the family.

Q. What music do you like?
A. Music is a huge part of my life. I’ve played the piano since I was six years old, and I also teach people to play the instrument. My husband and I go to lots of concerts and my tastes are very eclectic. Some of my favourites have featured musicians such as Meatloaf, Chris Rea, Capercaillie, Mary Black, Clannad, Deborah Harry, Russell Watson, Rhydian Roberts, and The Overtones. I’ve also enjoyed many orchestral concerts.

Q. What is your favourite TV series?
A. This has to be Spooks. Every series just got better and better, and it was virtually impossible to guess the fate of any of the main characters. This really was British TV at its best.

Q. What is your greatest vice?
A. I’m ashamed to say that it’s chocolate. My particular favourite is Lindt, but Galaxy is a very close second.