If there’s one thing that fascinates me, it’s finding out how books came to be written. What put that little kernel of an idea into an author’s mind? What was the inspiration that brought their imagination to life? In the BuzzBooks section, it’s all about genesis and creativity, whether it’s established authors like Sebastian Barry, Deborah Lawrenson, Elizabeth Fremantle, and Angela Young discussing the historical moments they felt compelled to write about, or our Shiny New Debut Authors – Sarah Perry, Richard Zimmler and Sarah Henshaw describing the process by which they came to be in print.
We’ve got interviews with the authors of some of our favourite books in Issue 1 – check out Naomi Woods and Jill Dawson, answering some in-depth questions about their wonderful new novels. And if you fancy something completely different, read Silvester Mazzarella’s account of translating Tove Jansson’s biography or try my favourite article of our spring issue, the editors at Slightly Foxed describing how they came up with the idea for their magazine celebrating forgotten books around one kitchen table in North London….
We’d love to know what you think about all of the articles in this section. And if you have ideas for others you’d like to see, do leave suggestions in the comments.
Victoria, BuzzBooks Editor at Shiny New Books