One Minute With: Kate Mosse, novelist
Saturday 27 October 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm sitting looking out over False Creek on Granville Island, Vancouver. There are low clouds over the mountains.
What are you currently reading?
Nancy Richler's 'The Imposter Bride', one of the six books on this year's Giller Prize shortlist.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
They change from week to week... But stalwarts include Emily Bronte, Willa Cather, MR James and TS Eliot.
Describe the room where you usually write
My tiny study in our house in Sussex. On the first floor, a cold fireplace, walls a deep red.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Allan Quartermain – hero of 'King Solomon's Mines' – for his over emotional attachment to swashbuckling adventure, Pollyana – for looking on the bright side – and Lucy in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', for wanting to go through the wardrobe to see what lies on the other side.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
I write adventure novels about hidden women's history... inspired by real women... who stand up for what they believe.
Kate Mosse's new novel, 'Citadel', is published by Orion. She co-founded the renamed Women's Prize for Fiction.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Laughs go global as Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran bring international comedians to the Edinburgh Fringe
The Top Ten: Horrible buildings
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women