Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Stuart G. Yates
I don't know. I never know when it comes to pure fiction. By this I mean, a work of total imagination. When I'm working on historical fiction, it's so much easier, because the story already exists. I merely have to fill in the blanks! But, say with 'Unflinching', my forthcoming Western, I simply had this idea about a Pinkerton Detective travelling across America. I had to think, 'why would he be sent to the West'. So, I thought up a simple idea. And once the idea was set, that was it, the entire story told itself. I've loved watching films since I don't remember when, and films have taught me so much about how to develop stories. Westerns in particular. So, I suppose it was only natural that one day I would write - and now I have. The challenge now is what to write about for my next one. The same character, or someone completely different? Time will tell.