As far as the world was concerned, from 1979 to 1996, I didn't publish any original material; it just wasn't there.
Everything I have ever written has been in the same chair, in the same room.
I learnt that I must never finish a book with nothing else to do.
I love research so much that I do an enormous amount; it helps put off the moment of starting to write the story.
My background is deep and set in deep time, and in a narrow space, oral traditions going back a long, long time, which I inherited by osmosis.