Living in Edinburgh, I consider myself particularly lucky - we have the biggest book festival in the world, a plethora of fascinating libraries and museums, and some of the greatest architecture in Europe.
I always thought that bagels and lox was my soul food, but it turns out it's sushi.
As an historical novelist - there are few jobs more retrospective. I dumped science at an early age.
I once did an event with Ian Rankin where he said he didn't really need to do much background research because his books are set in the present, and I just thought: 'You lucky, lucky beast!' because as a historical novelist, I live constantly on the edge of wondering whether tissues had been invented.
William Lloyd Garrison