I love the Maisie Dobbs series and look forward to the stand alone novel "The Care and Management of Lies." Was it difficult to separate your new heroine from Maisie, especially since they both need to deal with effects of WWI?
No, it wasn't difficult to separate the characters. Kezia is not a Maisie Dobbs, so she was a completely different person in my imagination. Maisie Dobbs deals with the aftereffects of war - she is as shell-shocked as many a man who emerged with psychological wounds. Kezia is on the home front, dealing with the changes wrought upon her life - and her dreams for the future - by war.