Amy asked Alexander McCall Smith:

How much of your own life do you weave into your stories? What advice would you give to someone writing their first fiction book?

Alexander McCall Smith I generally try not to be autobiographical, but observations about things I am thinking about do sometimes appear in the books.

My advice to someone writing their first fiction book is to always persist - and don’t get too caught up in the first book. The second book you attempt will often be better. Never lose faith in what you want to write.

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