Jenny Lecoat was born in the Channel Islands where, only sixteen years earlier, Nazis had deported members of her family to concentration camps for resistance activities. Following an early career in stand-up comedy and writing features for magazines and newspapers, she became a screenwriter. Her feature film Another Mother's Son, about her family's experiences during the Occupation, was released in the UK in 2017. The Girl from the Channel Islands is her first novel. Visit her at www.jennylecoat.com.
JL: I think a book has to have something to say, an idea, message or theme. A good story is a great vehicle but if it doesn’t have a point of view, it doesn’t stick, and the books I love stay with me for decades.
GBC: What does your writing process look like? Do you map each story out from start to finish or do you begin with an idea and see where it takes you?