Books That Have Inspired Me:
- Vanity Fair – William Thackeray.
A vast, satirical take on life in the Napoleonic era, yet you’ll see the characters alive and well in any lifestyle magazine today.
- Poetry of John Donne.
Sensual, spiritual, vibrant and clever (in the best sense of the word).
Bleak House and Great Expectations particularly. Too many reasons why.
Current Reading Recommendations:
- A Million Tiny Plays About Britain – Craig Taylor.
Overheard conversations woven into something that teaches you everything about realistic dialogue and hooking the reader.
- Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel.
Not sure if there’s a fourth wall in writing, but if there was, she cracks it apart.
- She Left Me the Gun – Emma Brockes.
A biography of her mother. Just so … human. Harrowing and funny and another take on what it means to be brave.
Hazel at Word Factory:
Hazel Osmond writes short stories and romantic fiction. She has won the Woman & Home short story competition in 2008, sponsored by Costa and the Yeovil short story prize in 2009 and her first novel Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? was shortlisted for Romantic Comedy of the year in 2012.