These scenes have been calling to me since I first read Emma. Whether I have done them justice, whether I have effectively explained the conundrum of Jane and Frank’s engagement, I leave it to the reader to decide.Read More
Writer, editor, proof-reader, narrator, marketeer, advertiser, technician. I have to be all of these things.Read More
I felt justified in tackling the topic of disability, but it was a thorny one to grasp. I invented two characters who are confined to wheelchairs. Mrs Sealy is a young and wealthy widow, rendered disabled by a carriage accident. Captain Bates is a casualty of war whose initial injury was compounded by poor medical treatment to leave him an amputee.Read More
Reading is a dynamic, immersive activity. I put time aside to read. I make a conscious decision to light the fire, make a pot of tea and ignore the ‘phone or the ping of the email inbox.Read More
“Having no end in view when I begin is pretty terrifying, so this is the strategy I have come up with.
I imagine each new book as a visit to a place which is unknown to me. I travel alone. My sojourn is of an unspecified duration. I must stay until the task is complete.”