Archive for February 2012

Forsooth…

 Stuff lands on my desk. Sometimes I can’t bear even  to look at it. Being ever mindful of how much work it takes to write a book  –  okay, it’s not like ploughing a field but it does require a certain amount of effort and application – I don’t want to be the one to turn…

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Miss Graham Regrets

Late last evening an invitation plinked into my In Box. Well, kind of. The Cultural Institute at the Bulgarian Embassy in London is hosting a forum on Bulgaria and its image in Europe and the gist of the invitation was that they would have loved to ask me to speak but were unable to offer…

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Stranger Than Fiction

   Almost without exception every novel I’ve ever written has caused some reader to get in touch with me and ask me how I know so much about their life. I try to assure them they’re not being stalked by a crazy old scribbler. The fact is, there are only so many stories in the…

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Warp Speed

Time is a strange thing for a writer. Sometimes it passes at a luxuriously leisurely pace and you can spend a whole morning deciding whether to name a character Desmond or Donald. What do you mean, does it matter? Are you crazy? Then, often without warning, time scrunches up into a log jam of tasks that must be…

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It's A Funny Thing

    When people find out I’m a novelist they ask, quite reasonably, what kind of books I write. That’s the moment when I long to be able to say ‘Mills & Boon,’ or ‘thrillers’. Then they’ll know exactly what they’re dealing with. As it is, the most helpful thing I can do is to murmur ‘social…

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