This week, LWC asked August speaker Diane Atkinson 10 quickfire questions about being a writer.
1/Where do you write? Di: in my room.
2/When do you write? Di: as early as I can.
3/What are you writing now?
Di: thrashing around for my next subject but mostly doing stuff on my new book, Elsie and Mairi Go to War.
4/Who is your favourite writer?
Di: for fiction, Sarah Waters.
5/What do you wish you had written?
Di:Fred and Edie by Jill Dawson, about the Edith Thompson and Freddie Bywaters case.
6/What’s the best advice someone has given you about writing?
Di: always make sure you end your writing day with something really good to write the next day.
7/What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Di:being lost in time and someone else’s space.
8/What’s the worst thing about being a writer?
Di: when the research trail runs cold.
9/What inspires you to write?
Di: curiosity (actually noseyness) and a large helping of masochism.
10/What are your secret writing rituals?
Di: I always surround myself with pics of the people I’m writing about, I make them part of the family and everyday life.