As a child, I would demand that visitors to our house tell me a story. I was intensely interested in everything - still am.
Clothes were terribly important in the '20s. They really were an arbiter of who you were and how much money you had: an indicator of social status.
I don't steal stories. If I'm a plagiarist, so is Hitchcock. And Tolkien. And Shakespeare.
I have been reading crime books ever since I was a child, but I had never tried to write one.
I like writing books. I really love words. I love to read.
I liked the Ballarat train as a child.
I think it is rather heroic to go into a war zone where everyone is trying to kill you, and you have no way of shooting back.
I was determined to become a criminal lawyer and help look after the poor.
I'm a duty solicitor, so I can't fix someone's life; all I can do is fix the problem I've got in front of my eyes.
I've always been in love with Melbourne. When I was 12, I was taken into the city by my grandmother to go to the ballet for the first time.
In the 1970s, I used to buy opals and moonstones at the Queen Victoria Market, which were seen as old-fashioned and too heavy at the time.
My work is very carefully researched. Sometimes I have to ditch an idea because I can't prove it.
The stories from World War I are worse than anything I have ever read.
There's something magical about the idea that you can write something down and someone else can read it. I'm still mildly agog about that.
Unanswered questions make my head itch.
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