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One Minute With: Lisa O'Donnell, Novelist

'I admire Angelina Jolie. She's been brave and honest about her body'

Where are you now and what can you see?

I am in Covent Garden in a flat that I have rented and The Amityville Horror – which I was watching last night – has just popped up on my computer screen.

What are you currently reading?

The Wisdom of Psycho-paths by Kevin Dutton. It's about the pathology of psychopaths. The tagline is “What saints, spies and serial killers can teach us about success”.

Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him

Roddy Doyle because I love writing that is in the first person, and I love his dialogue. He is sharp, witty and has great insight into people's dynamics.

Describe the room where you usually write

Usually in the dining room where I can keep an eye on both of my children.

Which fictional character most resembles you?

The madwoman in Jane Eyre, locked up in an attic. That's where I should be [writing].

Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

Like everyone else in the world right now, I admire Angelina Jolie. She's been brave and honest about her body.

Lisa O'Donnell's novel, 'The Death of Bees', won the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2013. Her latest novel, 'Closed Doors', is published by Random House