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Karen McCombie

Best-selling author Karen McCombie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, where the view from her bedroom was of the steely North Sea, dotted with oil rigs. But memories of childhood holidays spent in the fir and heather-covered Highlands are what's lodged in her DNA, and these helped inform her latest novel, Little Bird Flies.

Karen has had more that 80 books published, with more than a million sold worldwide. She lives in London with her very Scottish husband Tom, English daughter Milly (who's been taught to say “loch” in the correct way) and a Scottish Wildcat (near enough).

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How can you write stories set in the past relevant to todays young readers?

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What do you do if you get stuck writing a story?

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What do you enjoy about writing historical fiction?

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Are there any advantages about writing about the past?

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What challenges are there about writing stories about the past?

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What homework do you need to complete as a writer to create a story based in the past?

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Why did you choose the setting and the story for Little Bird Flies?

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What is Little Bird Flies actually about?

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Top tips for writers who want to set a story in the past?

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Do you have any writing routines?

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Are you constricted in your writing because certain topics or language is not socially acceptable today?

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