When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Not until fairly late in life (at the age of 43). Prior to that, I’d been a violinist and then a cognitive scientist.
Who are your writing inspirations?
I was the typical bookworm from the age of 10 on, when I started reading for three hours every day. I read all the classics, so of course I was inspired by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Fanny Burney.
The actual inspirations for my novels come from disparate sources.
My first novel Thwarted Queen, was inspired by a Time Team program on Richard III.
Farewell My Life is loosely based on the story of my college violin teacher, who went to Berlin to study violin circa 1925.
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