Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? The weirdest of things can spark off the idea for a story. V for Violet all began with fish and chips. Or to be more precise, with me sitting at my lap top drinking tea and eating popcorn while accidentally reading about how fish and chips were one of the few food stuffs that were exempt from rationing during […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? The very simple answer is – death row. I’ve always found the idea of it fascinating and intriguing. What do people feel while they’re on death row? What do they think? Are they angry? Do they feel guilty? Do they think they’ll get off? So many questions about it. And I’ve wanted to write something about it for a […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? It was while I was working as a news reporter in Turkey that I met Kurdish children who had fled the battle for Kobani. Meeting these tots, that had tumbled across the Syrian border, completely changed my life. They were children, just children, and whoever’s fault the appalling civil war in Syria is – it certainly isn’t theirs. They […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write about your latest book? After getting great feedback but no publishing deal on an earlier book, I asked my agent what publishers were looking for. She said Middle Grade fantasy was popular and I thought about this, specifically what I could bring to the table that was different. After racking my brains for a while, I realised the answer was obvious: Japanese culture and myth. I’d spent five […]

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Where do you find inspiration for your books? It depends on the book, but my inspiration usually comes from some combination of what I’m reading, and where I am (both physically and emotionally) at that point in my life. Lately I’ve found myself going back to a lot of the fantasy classics that I enjoyed when I was younger (Tolkien, Holdstock, Richard Adams). My wife is from Finland, so in […]

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Where do you find inspiration for your books? I’m not sure what triggers the initial idea for a story but they do seem to just come to me. I try to read a lot about the world we live in and I think that helps. I’m also a big film fan and have always enjoyed a good story no matter what format it’s in. I think it’s important for a […]

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Where do you find inspiration for your books? Mostly from real life. One thing I learnt from being a journalist is that there are extraordinary people living extraordinary lives all around us. My next novel While My Eyes Were Closed centres on the disappearance of a four-year-old girl. My task was to take a scenario we are familiar with from news stories and try to make my story unique and get […]

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Where do you find inspiration for your books? Everywhere. I read a lot – books, newspapers, magazines. I watch lots of things – TV series, documentaries, movies. I listen to music, I talk to people, I ask lots of questions and listen to the asnwers, I travel and I sit in different places and watch the world go by. All books, all stories, are about people so it’s people and […]

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