Sara Sheridan Quotes

Copywriters journalists mainstream authors ghostwriters bloggers and advertising creatives have as much right to think of themselves as good writers as academics poets or literary novelists.

Change occurs slowly. Very often a legal change might take place but the cultural shift required to really accept its spirit lingers in the wings for decades.

It may take a village to raise a baby but hell! it takes an army to produce a book.

Archive material is a fabulous starting point - individual documents are like signposted roads heading to a variety of intriguing possibilities.

Research material can turn up anywhere - in a dusty old letter in an archive a journal or some old photographs you find in a charity shop.

Without archives many stories of real people would be lost and along with those stories vital clues that allow us to reflect and interpret our lives today.

I've found myself moved by letters and diaries in archives as well as trashy summer blockbusters. It's possible to make a connection with any kind of writing - as long as the writing is good.

I didn't expect to love being online as much as I do. I've met some wonderful people and discovered that however arcane some of my interests that there are people out there who are interested too.

I am the Angel of Death to any kind of plant.

I've always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures and each item always had a tale attached.

The telling of any character is what they do in a different situation.

I'm not sure how much easier it is for a mother to balance her life now - have we simply swapped one set of restrictions for another?

An aunt is a safe haven for a child. Someone who will keep your secrets and is always on your side.

I realised early on that being an author is a hugely misunderstood job.

Personally I estimate about a third of my time is spent on author events social media and traditional publicity.

The hard fact is that writing is available to readers because of market factors as much as particular writing talent.

I wrote 'I'm Me' because I was asked to write a children's book.

There is something particularly fascinating about seeing places you know in a piece of art - be that in a film or a photograph or a painting.

At the end of the day that's what a family is - a group of different people who accept each other.

People make interesting assumptions about the profession. The writer is a mysterious figure wandering lonely as a cloud fired by inspiration or perhaps a cocktail or two.

Everyone assumes writers spend their time lounging around writing and occasionally striking a pose whilst having a think.

For me writing stories set well wherever they're best set is a form of cultural curiosity that is uniquely Scottish - we're famous for travelling in search of adventure.

I had loved poetry and the theatre. Now I loved adventure more.

We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in reading and writing since the advent of the Gutenberg press.

I am more one for the story I think than the action.

I find it inspiring to actively choose which traditions to celebrate and also come up with new ideas for traditions of my own.

I'm accustomed to reading Georgian and Victorian letters and sometimes you simply know in your gut that a blithe sentence is covering up a deeper emotion.

Food in wartime Britain she had to admit was hardly inspiring.

We might give her presents tell some tales but would she ever be able to really understand what the journey had been like for us?

Writers are a product of where we come from but by looking at alternatives to the culture in which we live we can find ways to change and hopefully improve it.

Small details are a vital part of allowing a reader to make an imaginative connection with long dead historical figures.

History is full of blank spaces but good stories invariably are not.

If you tempted a poor man with a fortune who could blame the fellow for taking what he could?

The sky was a sparkling succession of black diamonds on black velvet made crystal clear by the blackout.

People responded to body language without even thinking. It was important to get it absolutely right.

Molly Bloom is simply the most sensuous woman in literature.

History at its best is a gritty dirty business.

The best historical stories capture the modern imagination because they are in many senses still current - part of a continuum.

Books exist for me not as physical entities with pages and binding but in the province of my mind.

I always thought that bagels and lox was my soul food but it turns out it's sushi.

If we don't value the people who inspire us (and money is one mark of that) then what kind of culture are we building?

I'm drawn to the 1950s for lots of reasons - everything from the fashion to the increasing sense of freedom and modernity that builds throughout the decade.

There are so many ways to do research - even watching old Ealing comedies watching people getting on and off buses in London looking at household interiors.

Many existing top 20 Scottish writers have flourished in part because of good turns done by institutions arts community libraries and bookshops.

I don't choose between my house phone and my mobile. I don't choose between my laptop and my notebook. And I don't intend to choose between my e-reader and my bookshelf.

I'm a library user and I just don't hoard books. To me they're for sharing.

He cannot think. He can scarcely breathe. But he has no desire to either he simply wants to keep kissing her.

When a chap is passionate the readership can sense it.

I'm unique - a cosmopolitan mix.

I believe the era of the militant lady is back.

I'm grateful that I've enjoyed the support of libraries bookshops and institutional funders.

While I'm frustrated at the amount I'm expected to take on in the present the 1950s woman was frustrated by being excluded - not being allowed to take things on at all.

I decided to coin the term 'cosy crime noir' for Brighton Belle. That is 'cosy crime' for today's sensibilities because there is that slightly edgy element to it.

Looking at my life through the lens of history has made me increasingly grateful to standout women who pushed those boundaries to make the changes from which I have benefited.

I believe that being able to communicate directly with readers is a boon. I certainly enjoy it as much as they do.

Today women have the rights and equality our Victorian sisters could only dream of and with those privileges comes the responsibility of standing up and being counted.

Those who have not been stung will hardly fear a bee the same as those who have.

The financial value put on the job of the writer and the misconceptions around that make it extremely difficult to enter the profession.

Wellsted will remember this moment for the rest of his life. It is the first time he desires something for himself that is not dedicated to his own advancement. It is the moment he falls in love.

The 1950s is a key decade in the 20th Century. Each year has a distinctive flavour.

It took a certain kind of person to come from luxury and seek out danger.

She was herself in their company but a very specific version of herself.

Whereas Mirabelle is tall thin and sad Vesta is physically and emotionally her opposite.

Very often the characters people respond best to have little parts of reality they can relate to.

I am a storyteller not a historian and it's my ambition to create something compelling - something unputdownable and riveting - that chimes with the real history but is in fact fiction.

Covert operations relied on the unguarded slip the unconscious choosing of one word over another.

History was my favourite subject at school and in my spare time I read historical novels voraciously from Heidi to the Scarlet Pimpernel and from Georgette Heyer to Agatha Christie.

I was middle class and fucked up and spoilt.

Scotland consistently produces world-class writers.

I have a very strong sense that we only know where we are by looking clearly at where we've come from.

I'm proud of the culture I come from - we're a small country and a close-knit community.

The writer is a mysterious figure wandering lonely as a cloud fired by inspiration or perhaps a cocktail or two.

The law don't like jazz clubs. No one wants anything to do with that kind of trouble.

Edinburgh is a comfortable puddle for a novelist.

I have no problem in moving a date one way or another or coming up with a subplot that gets my characters in (or out) of a fix more rambunctiously than the extant records show.

The net has provided a level playing field for criticism and comment - anyone and everyone is entitled to their opinion - and that is one of its greatest strengths.

Most people do a good deal of whatever they do motivated by love. For me few stories are truly complete without it.

Social and cultural history is often comprised of whatever diaries and letters remain and that is down to chance and wide open to interpretation.

Some matters are simply contentious. Sometimes you're never going to get it right.

The question shouldn't be 'Are we guilty about our Colonial past?' it should be 'Why aren't we more guilty about our corporate present?

We can learn so much looking outside our core field of expertise.

Escapers were the cream of the crop.

Something I notice speaking to writers from south of Hadrian's Wall is that the culture is different. At base I think Scotland values its creative industries differently from England.

It's part of a writer's job to be nosy about everything.

What used to be edgy (divorces) has become mainstream and what used to be mainstream (racism and sexism) has become shocking.

History makes my mouth water - and that is as much because of the voids in what documentation remains as what is set in stone.

Kissing her is like drinking salted water he thinks. His thirst only increases.

Our archives are treasure troves - a testament to many lives lived and the complexity of the way we move forward. They contain clues to the real concerns of day-to-day life that bring the past alive.

I jealously guard my research time and I love fully immersing myself in those dusty old books and papers. It's one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.

To me reading through old letters and journals is like treasure hunting. Somewhere in those faded handwritten lines there is a story that has been packed away in a dusty old box for years.

As an historical novelist - there are few jobs more retrospective. I dumped science at an early age.

An important part of deciding where we want to go as a society and culture is knowing where we have come from and indeed how far we have come.

Something I notice speaking to writers from south of Hadrians Wall is that the culture is different. At base I think Scotland values its creative industries differently from England.

There are as many different kinds of books as there are writers - as many different responses as there are readers.

I think that everyone has something that they will kill for.

Occasionally a particular word or phrase in a letter or diary has sparked an entire plot - like an echo from history still very alive.

For a novelist the gaps in a story are as intriguing as material that still exists.

Writers need each other.

We don't live in a society that has genuine equality and every woman we know has experienced that.

Like good reading skills good writing skills require immersion and imaginative engagement.

Books have a vital place in our culture. They are the source of ideas of stories that engage and stretch the imagination and most importantly inspire.

Kindness was too painful. It had been a long time since he had had to endure it.

You have no future when the past rules you.

They march into the future to the rhythm of the past.

It was nearly ten years since the peace though her memories of the war still felt fresh.

My fascination with history is as much about the present as it is about the past.

I write fast. I'm one of the lucky ones.

On of the prerequisites for my mobile phone is that I have to be able to fling it at a wall if I lose my temper.

I wanted to find something I could do at home. I sat down with a friend and made a list of all the things I could try and one of them was writing a novel.

Grabbing readers by the imagination is a writer's job.

Writing about the 1950s has given me tremendous respect for my mother's generation.

We are living in glorious days where each readers' voice can be heard.

Researching books gets you into nothing but trouble.

As an historical novelist "? there are few jobs more retrospective.

The sound of pencils taking notes provided a low scrape and hum almost like radio interference.

A word out of place or an interesting choice of vocabulary can spawn a whole character.

I spend a lot of time imagining things - in fact you could say that imagining things is my job.

Very often the characters people respond to best have little parts of reality they can relate to.

I had never really understood what an adventure life could be if you followed your heart and did what you really wanted to do which is what we must all do in the end.

Sometimes I create a character from a scrap - a mere mention that has been left behind.

A book is a story even if it's non-fiction and once I've read it I have the story with me inside my head always.

A paucity of material can open up just as many possibilities.

Often we don't notice the stringent rules to which our culture subjects us.

Writers of novels live in a strange world where what's made up is as important as what's real.

I'm very aware we are the first generation ever to have such incredible opportunities to express ourselves publicly to a worldwide audience.

There were so many wrongs piling up on both sides so much of the past being dragged into the present that living there was like carving the story of your life on to a sepulchral monument.

Readers are so much more important than well just about everything.

The new contract between writers and readers is one I'm prepared to sign up to. I've met some fascinating people at events and online. Down with the isolation of writers I say! And long live Twitter.

Scotland just isn't terribly Tory.

I would rather be a spinster than sold off traded in whatever they may call it.