Nicola Adam is Group Editor of Lancaster and Morecambe newspapers.
What was your first job?
Appropriately, it was delivering newspapers which I absolutely hated, if I’m honest. It was a free Citizen newspaper, run by rival newspaper group Newsquest, but gave me a good grounding in being permanently covered in newspaper ink. It must have entered my bloodstream.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
Ive had to work at this but I let pent up fury out at the gym. But my first and most enduring love is books - I read and write myself into another world to forget my problems and stresses. And eat crisps.
Proudest moment in business?
There are many, including many exclusive front pages, but when I became Crime Reporter at the Lancashire Evening Post, I was over the moon. It was a long held ambition. When I first became an editor - of the Chorley and Leyland Guardian - itwas also a proud moment.
Most embarrassing moment at work?
I once accidently contaminated a murder scene byaccidently walking in. I had to have my DNA taken to be eliminated from the inquiry. Not my finest moment.
What is your biggest vice?
Crisps, coffee, saying what I think . I am what people might describe as overly honest, not in a vindictive way, but in a way which perhaps gives a little too much away about myself. And did I mention coffee? I’m a proper addict. My alternative career path, apart from best selling novelist or screenwriter, is as a barista.
Who is the biggest influence on your life?
My parents without a doubt. My mum was a very strong woman who refused to let anything beat her including the breast cancer she was diagnosed with aged 41. She never achieved the career she wanted, and eventually the cancer killed her but I can assure you, not without a fight. My dad always has multiple projects on the go - he is an astronomer and writer - and has achieved a remarkable amount in his life. Now aged 70 he is as active and determined as ever.
Word of business advice?
Be nice to people. Manner s cost nothing even when someone is determined to do you down. And smile.