Michael Hambling lives in the West of England, and he has set the location of his novels in this area. The early novels in the series are based in the Isle of Purbeck, a beautiful coastal area. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other locations in the central south of England.
He writes because he constantly creates scenes, people, imaginary conversations, and unusual situations in his head. He has always done so, ever since he was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by the time he's edited a passage for the umpteenth time it's beginning to lose some of its sparkle for him, but he believes in reshaping and polishing until it's as good as he can make it. It then becomes something about which he can feel some justifiable pride. He tries to include several plot layers in his novels.
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