Naming names

One of my favourite things about writing a novel is that I get to choose all the names of the characters in it. I love this process. There are so many considerations, and yet once they’re named, it quickly becomes the only thing they could possibly be called,  just as …

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Happy days

It’s been a great week, I have to say. It started last Sunday at the Richmond Festival, which must be unique in that it celebrates walking as well as reading, so when you park in the charming cobbled market square, there are people strapping on waterproof gaiters as well as …

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Among friends

The fifth Chichester Writing Festival ends today, and yesterday Brian (Viner, my husband) and I were both on panels, his non-fiction and mine, fiction. It was quite the best event I’ve attended; the venue is West Dean College, and if you ever get the opportunity to visit, go! It’s SO …

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In limbo

I finished it. All 144,000 words of it – 20,000 more than Netherwood, so it’s going to be a right old door stop of a book, unless Rebecca, my editor wants me to cut it. The manuscript is with her now, and since sending it last Wednesday I’ve been obsessively …

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