LISA Jewell turned to writing after losing her secretarial job in a shirt-making firm two years ago. Her first novel, Ralph's Party (Penguin, pounds 5.99), has been snapped up for a TV film.
She has lived with her partner Jascha Gordon, a computer programmer, for four years. Here she shares her passionate secrets.
Who was your first boyfriend?
My pen pal, Chris Lofting. He was 23 and I was 14. We were both Altered Images fans.
Describe your first kiss.
It was with him and it was horrible. I thought we were just friends, then he kissed me and it was unexpected and unpleasant.
Your most passionate kiss?
I ended up with …