Q&A with poet and novelist Kei Miller

What am I scared of? Myself mostly. The stupid things I say at times — the people I hurt. I hate that

Mary Costello

Q&A with author Mary Costello

‘Who would I like to be stuck in a lift with? Carl Jung or Lou Andreas-Salomé. Or both’

Jane Smiley
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Q&A with author Jane Smiley

Who would I most like to sit next to at a dinner party? Dead: Harriet Beecher Stowe. Alive: Russell Brand

James Robertson
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Q&A with author James Robertson

What is my daily writing routine? Do everything and anything else first. I aim for 1,000 words

Mirza Waheed
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Q&A with author Mirza Waheed

‘What does it mean to be a writer? A bad back, sleep deprivation, loneliness, moods, lack of money’

Monique Roffey, author

Q&A with author Monique Roffey

‘Which literary character most resembles me? The monster in “Frankenstein” ’

Q&A with author Daniel Kehlmann

‘What would I change about myself? I would like to become one of these writers who don’t give interviews’

Q&A with author Elena Ferrante

‘What book changed my life? Books don’t change your life. If they are good, they can hurt and bring confusion’

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28: Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard poses during a portrait session held on May 28, 2012 in Paris, France
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Q&A with author Karl Ove Knausgaard

‘Where do I write best? I used to go to lighthouses in the sea, and uninhabited islands. But then I had children and I realised I had to do it at home’

Alison Moore

Q&A with author Alison Moore

‘When do I feel most free? Swimming in the sea is hard to beat’

Q&A with author Jess Walter

‘When did I know I was going to be a writer? I suspected it when I was eight or nine but held out hope for being a professional athlete until I was 16 or so’

Q&A with writer Richard Flanagan

‘What is my daily writing routine? I get up, sit down and make things up. There really isn’t a lot more to it’

Q&A with author Alex Preston

‘Where do I write best? I wrote my first novel on the Tube, on aeroplanes, on my knees on park benches’

Q&A with author Elizabeth McCracken

‘Do I keep a diary? I used to, but I only wrote in it when I was upset. That seemed like a bad legacy to leave behind’

Q&A with editor, reporter and novelist Tom Rachman

‘Who would I most like to sit next to at a dinner party? Boris Johnson, though I fear he’d steal one of my profiteroles’

Poet and journalist Hugo Williams

‘What is the best piece of advice a parent gave me? Go on, ask her to dance’

Author Romesh Gunesekera

‘When did I know I was going to be a writer? I didn’t, until after years of wanting to I suddenly found I had become one’

Painter and writer Rebecca Hunt

‘Who would I like to be stuck in a lift with? Stella Rimington, former director-general of MI5’

Journalist and novelist Timur Vermes

‘What book do I wish I’d written? The Bible. The sales figures are unbelievable’

Writer Peter Buwalda

‘What book do I wish I’d written? ‘Revolutionary Road’, by Richard Yates’