Harriet Lane is the author of Alys, Always and psychological thriller Her. We get to know her a bit more as she answers a few of our questions.
Who is your favourite author?
Daphne du Maurier, Rosamond Lehmann, Shirley Jackson
What book do you most often recommend to friends?
Currently: Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker
Do you have any writing rituals?
If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?
I was a journalist for a while. It suited me pretty well (but not as well as writing fiction)
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Solitude. Autonomy. My story, my rules
What one item could you not live without?
Tell us something that will shock your readers?
I wouldn’t be THAT bothered if a fox took our cat. The rest of the family would be devastated. But he’s only properly horrid to me
What makes you happy?
Peace and quiet. English weather. Gin
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Write forward. Don’t edit/re-write as you go along. Save that until the end
The members of my dream book club would be . . .
Oh dear, I have no desire to join a book club. My taste in books is quite particular and I seldom persist with a book that isn’t working for me. Having said that I have excellent discussions about books with Amanda Coe and Susie Steiner, two good friends who also write novels, so I’ll nominate them.