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‘I remember writing my fifth novel with four children under five, between three-hour breastfeeds, lecturing and marking papers while they slept. ‘
‘If the Muse is playing hard to get, I start with a scene I feel I know better, and if that works, I write another one. ‘
‘Between my laptop and a thriving aloe vera plant is my hand-drawn map of the world of my current novel; I have to control that space.’