Suspense is my thing. I think I am able to make people want to keep turning pages. They want to know what happens. So I can do that.
Haemophilia itself is bad enough. It is disabling day by day, even if far less incapacitating than in the 19th and early 20th centuries. But the added burden of life-threatening further illnesses from contaminated NHS blood is far worse.
I really am not affected by the tragic aspects of my books.
I like to show what happens to people in the past and how it affects their present.
I go to the House of Lords in the afternoon and try to walk halfway. I may be thinking about what I'm going to write. It's much more satisfying than sitting in a chair.
I call myself an agnostic. I'm open to change. I'm the same sort of person, although much less aggressive, as Richard Dawkins.
I agree with what Mark Twain said - we're all mad at night.
You don't knock television, even if you don't always like what they make of your work. It makes all the difference between being an also-ran writer and very famous.
I think that all women, unless they are absolutely asleep, must be feminists up to a point.
I'm a very bad Christian, but I am a Christian. I think that all women, unless they are absolutely asleep, must be feminists up to a point. And socialist, well yes, of course, it's not a fashionable word, but I am very much of the Left.
I used to get an awful lot of letters, and they have almost all gone. I used to answer nearly all of them.
I don't find writing easy. That is because I do take great care: I rewrite a lot. If anything is sort of clumsy and not possible to read aloud to oneself, which I think one should do... it doesn't work.
I don't like slapdash careless prose, and if I saw myself doing it, I would give up writing altogether.
It makes me actually quite angry to think about people writing about torture with a sort of relish. Horrible.
I didn't do any writing seriously until I was in my mid-twenties. But I've never really thought of myself as doing anything else. I've always wanted to write.
I am neurotic, but I live with it. I think most people are, anyway.
We, people, are so very, very complicated that no matter how well drawn a fictional character is, they can't get anywhere near as complex as a real person.
I enjoy moving. I like to be in a new place. Settling down doesn't appeal to me much. I like the whole business of it. And I love the first night in the new place.
I think we all fear appearing foolish in public. We don't want to be laughed at.
The old detective story that's got a really complicated motive doesn't apply to mine.