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Making Space: interview with author Frances Quinn

I interviewed author Frances Quinn about her writing space, her process and her historical novel The Smallest Man. Set during the English Civil War and inspired by a true story, it tells the story of Nat Davy. In 1625, Nat is 10 years old, still as small as his baby sister and beginning to realise that he will never grow any bigger. Narrowly escaping life in a freak show, he is plucked from his family and presented as a gift to the new young queen of England. Spanning two decades that changed England for ever, The Smallest Man is a heartwarming tale about being different, but not letting it hold you back.

Frances spoke to me about the challenges of writing historical fiction spanning the complex decades of the Civil War, the benefits of keeping a treadmill in your study, and writing tips borrowed from Abba.