As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism.
One couldn`t help thinking of Princess Diana when writing some passages, although I don`t make a mention in the text, which would be anachronistic.
Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.
I can`t read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.
If I write that it was a cold day, you can be sure I know it was a cold day because Pepys told us.
It can be a long gap between the emergence of fully researched historical biographies.
My mother, who was quite sharp when I was young, became utterly mild.
The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette`s childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!
We are privileged. There are poor people out there. We must to do something to make them privileged.
The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.
I think mine is the fullest and most plausible account of what went on in Marie Antoinette`s life.
That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
After Mary Queen of Scots, I turned to the farthest subject possible: Cromwell.
My advantage as a woman and a human being has been in having a mother who believed strongly in women`s education. She was an early undergraduate at Oxford, and her own mother was a doctor.
Why waste time instructing others when you could be reading the manuscripts yourself? The only exceptions are matters of foreign language.
My mother was a politician in my formative years.
Ninety-seven is my lucky number.
People in my books tend to get their just deserts, even if not at the hands of the police.
Mary Queen of Scots was my first love, and that is always something special.
I realize that I had always in my heart of hearts planned to write a biography of Marie Antoinette.
I think there has been a great deal of valuable revisionism in women`s history.
I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.
King Juan Carlos would be worthy of a full biography as a major player in his country`s history. Alas, my Spanish is not good enough to offer myself!
King Charles II liked women`s company and well as making love to them.
I enjoyed writing mysteries out of my imagination as a relief from all that research, and also because I could write them while traveling.
I`m very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people.
I hate the only one of my book jackets when I was made up professionally, my hair made into a smooth bell.
I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I`ve just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book.
Normally I make myself swim, do exercises. For zest I like going to the cinema.
I`m glad I was never an heiress.
I think there`s a tremendous split between people who`ve been through a war and people who haven`t.
As the seventh wife of Henry VIII I hope I would have managed to do the old monster in-my cooking comes to mind, as I am a hopeless cook.
I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.
I don`t like it, but this afternoon I`ve told myself I am going to go and get a dress.