Interview mit LovelyBooks, Mai 2011.
I started off by writing short stories and wrote lots and lots, then thought I would try and write a book. It was much easier back then (1980s) to get published than it is now!
I try not to let anyone inspire me too much.
Authors hate being asked this! I am always on the lookout for ideas: problem pages in magazines, features in newspapers, other people's stories, things I come across when researching something else, old letters, etc etc.
They get in contact with me! I have a facebook page with lots of German readers.
I am always reading something. Usually it is some form of research (at the moment I am reading about the terrible Newgate Prison in London, in the 18th Century). When I am "off duty" I read historical fiction, like Alison Weir or Amanda Foreman.
It felt great. I went out and felt that I was famous and that everyone in the world knew me. (Of course they didn't - and still don't!)
Read, read, read...
My favourite character is usually the last person I have written about, because I feel so close to them. So at the moment it is a girl called Velvet. Which is also the name of my next novel, coming in September in the UK
I am writing an adult novel set in 1756 about an ordinary woman condemned to death.