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This is what I have discovered – and it has been a gift in itself – that books live over and over again in different…
The characters in my stories all have quite loud lives in my head. It’s a relief to get them on the page. Often they come…
‘Perfect’ is about a set-up that looks perfect from the outside – beautiful country house, beautiful wife and mother, everything where it should be –…
On television, it’s all just shiny, successful people, and so I feel somebody has to wave a flag for the ordinary people who are not…
My father had spent years fighting cancer of the head and neck. He had numerous operations, and he was reduced and reduced and reduced. By…
My father died in France, and my sisters and I went over with my mum to bring back his body. I remember going to the…
My dad was always busy. You would pop round for a cup of tea, and within minutes you would see him walking past with a…
In writing about Harold and Maureen with their terrible unspoken secret, and all those people that Harold meets as he walks to save a friend’s…
I’m sure that everything you do contributes to the sort of novel that you write. A lot of actors have an understanding of drama and…
I went to see Dad in hospital after he had gone through one particularly grueling operation. I walked into the room where he was recovering,…
I went through a stage of writing my cramped hand in tiny books. My two sisters and I did have our Bronte period. My mum…
I like writing people from a slightly sharp angle and then throwing more light on them. I think in life we see somebody and make…
I find that very appealing: the blurring of the lines between what’s funny and what’s tragic. And what’s ordinary and what’s not – the big…
I am not expecting anyone to feel sorry for me, but when friends ask how it feels to be a debut novelist who has also…
Even if we don’t believe in church or God, we still believe in things that are bigger than ourselves. We need to believe in those…
Before I gave birth to Hope, I had a miscarriage. The pain was so enormous, I had to write myself out of it. I kept…
I’m drawn to people who find themselves on the outside of things. I’m moved by that in real life.
I think lots of ideas are sometimes in our heads without us quite, you know, knowing it.
I think I’m somebody who takes praise with a very big – probably too big – pinch of salt.
I have written stories since I was a child.
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