Author Steve Costello is the guest of Sue Vincent this morning and he shares his experiences of travelling through Israel and working on a Kibbutz with danger just a knock on the door away..#recommended.
If it were possible to ask every fiction writer on the planet: Do any of your experiences find a way into your stories? I think the answer would be an undoubtable, yes!
I should qualify that with examples from my work. A reviewer of Beyond The Pyre recently said, “I love strong female characters, and this book was full of them.” Wonderful praise and that caused me to step back and look at my past.
Grandmothers, Mum and three sisters had a powerful impact on my early life and one thing they taught me was that, ‘women can do.’ It sat well with me that’s the way it was. Working for British Aerospace for five years after leaving school, I found myself in a department where women outnumbered men, four to one. What a wonderful experience.
Men on the shop-floor bragged about how they could set-up apprentices to…
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