Anne has worked both as a freelance editor and a writer, having had published seven nonfiction books and two collections of short stories. As a journalist she has contributed to national newspapers and women’s magazines.

She lives in East Dulwich with three cats who are still waiting to become characters in her fiction. Her début crime novel, Dancers in the Wind, is published this month by Urbane Publications.

How long have you lived in the area?

East Dulwich has been my home for over 30 years. I wrote the first draft on my crime novel in the early 90s. The heroine lives in my house so to speak and when I decided to rewrite it last year and try for publication, I was immediately aware of all the changes to the area I had witnessed. Lordship Lane was hardly the vibrant place it is now and there were more butcher’s shops than trendy places to wine and dine. My local has transformed from the Crystal Palace Tavern to the CPT to its current incarnation as The Great Exhibition.

What one thing would you change?

I would increase the amount of affordable housing especially for young people who were brought up here but cannot rent or buy a place of their own.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

Friendship. I always leave home earlier than I need to as I always meet someone for a chat along the way.

What’s your favourite place for a night out?

This must be Dulwich Picturehouse. I am a founder member so my name is up on the wall. Cinema is one of my passions so combine that with good food and wine and you have a perfect evening.

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

Often walking down North Cross Road looking at the market stalls and enjoying the ambiance.

The best meal I’ve ever had…

Most recently this was brunch at The Palmerston where I had a Pea Fricassé which is served with avocado between the layers and two poached eggs on top. Dairy and gluten free – what more could I ask? Except for more coffee! It was delicious.

What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?

So many to choose from but The Palmerston takes some beating.

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

We’re blessed with some wonderful green areas and I particularly love wandering around Peckham Park. A walk can help me sort out a plot problem in my fiction.

When I want to relax…

I enjoy being with my family and friends sharing a meal and a glass of wine or two.

The book I’m reading at the moment is…

Where my heart used to beat by Sebastian Faulks.

My perfect holiday is…

by the sea on a sandy beach with places to explore as well.

My secret ambition

To see a film or TV adaptation of Dancers in the Wind!

Dancers in the Wind is published on 13 October. Urbane Publishers will release the sequel in May 2017.

Twitter: @Anne_Coates1