As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism.
Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.
After Mary Queen of Scots, I turned to the farthest subject possible: Cromwell.
I'm very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people.
Mary Queen of Scots was my first love, and that is always something special.
My advantage as a woman and a human being has been in having a mother who believed strongly in women's education. She was an early undergraduate at Oxford, and her own mother was a doctor.
Normally I make myself swim, do exercises. For zest I like going to the cinema.
I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I've just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book.
That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
We are privileged. There are poor people out there. We must to do something to make them privileged.
I think there has been a great deal of valuable revisionism in women's history.
People in my books tend to get their just deserts, even if not at the hands of the police.
I can't read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.
I don't like it, but this afternoon I've told myself I am going to go and get a dress.
I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.
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