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Tracey Cox is an international expert in sex, body language and relationships and is well known not only for her best-selling books on relationships and sex, but as a TV presenter.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Walking down the street from playing with a childhood friend and feeling utterly humiliated because I’d peed my pants. I was convinced everyone walking past would be able to tell.
What makes you happy?
Lots and lots of things. Writing. Being with friends. Snuggling up with my boyfriend to watch a great film. A fantastic book. Food. Great wine. Sex. The list is endless.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I can remember ever not wanting to write. Even as a little girl my favourite thing to do was make up stories. Writing is like a drug for me. I go into a lovely trancelike state and get completely engrossed.
What are you reading at the moment?
I have just finished ‘The Cloning of Joanna May’ by Fay Weldon. It was up to her usual standard of brilliance.
What advice would you give to a first time writer?
Write the way you speak. So many people are great storytellers but then freeze when they try to put pen to paper. Try dictating it, then transcribing.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
It used to be cigarettes but I gave up a month ago. I’m still smoking in my imagination though.
How do you relax?
The worst way possible – by having a drink!
What is your favourite book?
I don’t have a favourite. There are so many talented writers out there it’s impossible to choose. I do love Siri Hustvedt though. Anything by her would be up there.
Which author is underrated or deserves to be better-known?
Zoe Heller. ‘Notes on a Scandal’ was amazing and I loved ‘The Believers’ as well.
What’s the worst job you’ve had?
I was a DJ at my brother-in-laws restaurant when I was growing up. I was absolutely dreadful. The clientele was mid 50s and I was 20 and played all top 40 stuff – really loudly. I cringe when I think about it. No wonder he sacked me in the end.
What is the most important thing life has taught you?
The past can dictate the present and the future if you let it. You have to fight any past demons and stomp on them continually.
Find out more about Tracey at www.traceycox.com