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How do you get inspired to write?
I’m really lucky that I am never short of inspiration. At the moment, ancient history is rocking my world and there are so many stories that so many people don’t know. So many instances where we know only the burial site or tomb contents and have to piece together the life. I’m also fascinated right now with the sacred feminine, and with the idea of people – priestesses, witches, shamans, etc – who lived lives in touch with their divinity every day, and the everyday things like gathering food and water. These were real people, so there are things in there that we can apply to our own lives even just by remembering to look up at the moon every night and notice it changing. Writing gives me a way to explore and connect with this, and share it with others – I become one little voice in a big chorus of people exploring similar ideas.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Be you. Even if it’s a story that’s been told before, no one tells it quite like you.
Some of the best advice I ever got was ‘write from inside the story’, and ‘get clear on why YOU are the one to write THIS story, NOW’. That showed me the way and connected me to my story with more confidence than ever before.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Fire and Sacrifice was first inspired by a holiday in Rome 10 years ago, when I first saw the ruins of the Temple of Vesta. I was fascinated by this little round temple, so different to all the other megaliths in the forum, and it’s all-female cult. I started drafting a story about a priestess called Aemilia, which I thought was a good Roman name, who’d been accused of breaking her vows, and then I found a REAL priestess Aemilia who suffered that very fate.