Interviews with authors

Read about what makes some of the world's most famous novelists tick in our Interviews with Authors series.  Recent interviews include Roshi Fernando, Debi Gliori and Sarah Crossan, or scroll through the pages to browse our series archive.

Interview with Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over 60 books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Why do you write?

Like most writers, I write because I feel that I have to. It’s not exactly a compulsion, but it’s quite close to that. Writing makes sense of … Read more

Interview with Alyson Foster

We interview Alyson Foster and discuss her debut novel God is an Astronaut.


This is your debut novel. How does it feel? 

Honestly? Sort of surreal. Everyone who wants to be a writer imagines the day they’ll finally hold their finished book in their hands. Part of you believes it will never …

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Interview with Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah is known as a performance poet, but that’s only one of his talents – he’s also a reggae artist, children’s writer, novelist and playwright. His journey from an approved school and a prison sentence for burglary to international recognition and a nomination for the …

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