When you were 17, what did you want to be?
I think I always saw myself as a writer. Not necessarily a writer of novels - I was never a kid that wrote stories - but maybe a journalist or something. I always knew writing was something I was really good at and very interested in, and I loved reading. I read a lot of Agatha Christie, which probably explains why I have a macabre sensibility now. But at 11 or 12 years old, I read every single Agatha Christie at the library. I was very into Gone With The Wind as a child, which, I'm very proud because I managed to sandwich that into my dissertation. I just really liked the idea of being able to talk to people and tell people’s stories, which is indirectly what I do now.