This book is a unique collection of new interviews with award-winning writers - novelists, poets, playwrights, screenplay writers and children's writers. Each writer discusses their process, both mental and physical: why they write, whom they write for, where and how often they write, recurring themes, their problems and their achievements. The interviews are intimate, personal, honest, informative, intriguing and often humorous. Together, they offer a fascinating insight into the inspiration, experience and hard work behind successful writers. This engaging collection is sure to appeal to anyone who loves reading or has ever wanted to be a writer.
Barbara Baker's previous books include Let the Credits Roll: Interviews with Film Crew (McFarland & Company, 2003) and Why We Garden: Stories of a British Obsession (Aston House Press, 2004).
Contents by Genre; Introduction; Al Alvarez; Michael Bond; Raymond Briggs; Tracy Chevalier; Julia Donaldson; Margaret Drabble; U.A. Fanthorpe; Julian Fellowes; Sara Maitland; Harry Mathews; Michael Morpurgo; Joyce Carol Oates; Don Paterson; Willy Russell; Graham Swift; Naomi Wallace; Eleanor Updale; Benjamin Zephaniah; Index.