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I’m not disparaging fantasy writers, but they have a freedom which an historical novelist doesn’t enjoy.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

Well, the story you write is constrained by the real events. That’s inescapable, so whatever you invent has to fit inside that framework. If it doesn’t? You junk it and try again!

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

The inspiration is enjoying it. ou write for yourself first. You write what you want to read.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

We had Hurricane Bob [in 1991] and we had some beautiful lilac bushes that looked absolutely dead. Suddenly, a week later, they sprung back into life.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

I wrote none of the Sharpe scripts and none for The Last Kingdom either . . . and had no wish to try!

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

Although there is an enormous literature on Waterloo, really since David Howarth’s A Near Run Thing, which has got to be 50 years old by now, there isn’t a book that tells the interested reader what was it like to be there

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

I worked in television for a decade and learned that I know nothing about producing TV drama, so any interference by me is likely to be obstructive.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

So much of military history just seems to be so dry. I really wanted to produce a book, [about] not just what happened and why it happened, but what the hell was it like at that place, on that day.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

From my point of view, there are nine books so far and I have to start the tenth book.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

We don’t watch a great deal. I did work in television for 11 years and that mostly cured me.

Bernard Cornwell (English Author)

It's like I created Frankenstein's monster in my basement and then couldn't go down there any more

Patricia Cornwell (American Crime Writer)

It’s because I grew up with terrible fear. I grew up in such a frightening way.

Patricia Cornwell (American Crime Writer)

You find you are wandering the streets by yourself in Miami because no one is looking after you. And then you get molested by a patrolman.

Patricia Cornwell (American Crime Writer)

Hers (depression compares with her mother’s) was much worse than mine because she was admitted to hospital. Mine has never been that dark or debilitating. I think mine has got better as I’ve got older. And it is the only good thing about getting older, by the way. I’m bipolar but my moods are more stable. I don’t take medication for it.

Patricia Cornwell (American Crime Writer)

I won't put myself in a position where I'm vulnerable.

Patricia Cornwell (American Crime Writer)

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