Eleanor asked Alexander McCall Smith:

Your female protagonists are written with such sympathy, I sometimes forget as I'm reading your novels that the author is male. How do you do this? Was/Is there a woman in your life who helped you become empathetic towards women in general?

Alexander McCall Smith Thank you for your generous comments. I think that it is important that novelists should be able to see the world from a whole lot of different perspectives - including that of the opposite sex. I don;t know how I developed this, but I suppose it might have been affected by the interest I take in other people. I love listening to what people have tho say. AMcS

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