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PhotoFiction: Fiona Ford shares #writing inspirations @Fionajourno @orionbooks #authorinterview

Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words

THIS WEEK: Fiona Ford reveals how a photograph of the queen helped launch her life as an author…


Fiona Ford is a former ghost writer with a thirst for books and history. As a child she adored listening to her grandfather talk about his time in the navy during World War Two. Although Fiona went on to develop a successful career as a national journalist, she never forgot her passion for the past. Now, Fiona has combined her love of writing with her love of days gone by in The Spark Girl, the first in a series of wartime sagas published by Orion. Find out more at Fiona’s website: or follow her on Twitter @Fionajourno.


FIONA SAYS: I’ve got a confession to make. I probably owe my writing career to the Queen. Yes, her majesty herself inspired my debut novel, because it’s this photo of her leaning against an Army vehicle that propelled me to write the historical saga, The Spark Girl.

It tells the story of Kitty who loses the love of her life at the start of World War Two and joins the Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS), the women’s branch of the British Army… TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE

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