What are you currently reading, or planning to read?
I have been reading a collection of poetry by William Blake in preparation for a celebration of his life and work, coming up this weekend. In the meantime I am reading a book called, From Eternity to Here but Sean Carroll, which is a non-fiction book about Time.
Do you find it hard to read in your own genre while you’re working?
I do, so I usually save it for when I am on holiday, and then I can relax and read for pleasure.
Do you have a favourite literary hero/heroine?
I really, really, really love Jane Eyre. She’s resilient, romantic, passionate, strong and determined. Charlotte Bronte set the bar very high.
Are you working on another novel at the moment?
I am working on a new novel at the moment, but I can’t tell you about it, its top secret!
What prompted you to become a writer – did you write as a child?
To be a writer was my childhood dream, from a very early age, I think I was born a storyteller, but it seemed like an impossible dream for a long time. I remembered quite recently making the decision to try and make it come true, and thought how brave I must have been, because I knew that a writer’s life is one full of rejection! But I took the chance, and keep taking them, and so far it is working out ok.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
Sleep. Seriously, I have a lot of children!
How do you work? Are you a meticulous plotter or an into the mist writer?
I am a plotter, and then after all that hard work and thought, I usually find most of it goes out of the window. However, I do think it is important to lay that foundation to give your novel a foundation, and direction.
Is there a message you want readers to take from your books?
I suppose a theme that runs through all my books is that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things, and that human beings are at their best, during the worst of times. I love how people refuse to give up hope, even where there is no hope.
Do you have a favourite book you’ve written?
Well, that’s like choosing your favourite child! I am very fond of The Memory Book, but I suppose the most recent one, We Are All Made of Stars is the one closest to my house at the moment.
We Are All Made of Stars
Do not miss me, because I will always be with you…I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved… Wherever you look, I will be there.
Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the secrets he brought home from the war.
During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones – some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain – and promises to post these messages after their deaths.
Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time…
We Are all Made of Stars is an uplifting and heartfelt novel about life, loss and what happens in between from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book.