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‘I invented a couple of characters, stocked up on stationery and wrote every night. A few months later I submitted a completed manuscript. ‘
‘My novels come out of me, who I am, what is at stake in my world when I am writing, just as much as the memoir did, whether I like it or not.’
‘Be yourself. Write the story that is growing in your head, not the one you think an editor might like to read. ‘