I've always been a writer, though my career as a novelist started quite late in life.
I relish the escapism of creative writing - I find it both refreshing and freeing.
There's always a new story idea developing in the back of my mind, even when I'm working on a novel. I let it sit there and simmer until I'm ready to focus on it - then I'm surprised how easily it can flow.
The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
American Dirt by Jeanine Cumins
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
Ten Minutes and Thirty Eight Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig