Goodreads asked Mari Howard:

How do you get inspired to write?

Mari Howard I'm passionate about people: how we respond to situations - not only big ones, war, crime, murder - how we respond on a daily basis. We all love stories: the News, newspapers, magazines, trade on human interest. As a sociologist, my eye is on society and how it works or doesn't at the micro level. The questions life asks us, and the answers we choose. Rather than put theories into intellectual books only specialists read, I write stories which hopefully tap into both our appetite for 'human interest' and make us think further about how we ourselves react to, for example, a family event which clashes with a big work demand, an underlying guilt about how we treated a sibling when we were kids. What pushes our buttons, and how does that impact on everyone else? How far out does the impact go? Baby, Baby partly drew on my own Uni life, but it's by no means autobiographical. In The Labyrinth Year, I had a situation set up, and hoped Baby, Baby readers would want to explore further into the conflicts that will inevitably arise as Jenny and Max move forward together.

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