The author reveals whether she believes in ghosts and tells us where she likes to write

Susan Hill in an Oxfordshire bookshop in 2010

Susan Hill is famous for writing The Woman In Black © REX Shutterstock

Susan Hill is known for penning successful fiction and non-fiction books.

Her most famous works include The Mist In The Mirror and The Woman In Black, a ghost story that has been adapted for the stage and screen.

How do you like your tea?

I like proper leaf tea, brewed in a pot.

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?

The Queen. Whatever people think of the monarchy, I admire her hugely as a person.

Do you believe in ghosts?

I think I do… there are definitely places that have a haunted atmosphere.

Although lots of these stories have a rational explanation, there’s always that 1% that don’t.

What do you think of the stage version of The Woman In Black?
I’m thrilled it’s such a huge success. I had a very scary moment when I went to watch the London play from backstage.

It was pitch black and somebody tapped me on the shoulder.

It was the woman in black! She said ‘Hello, Susan’ in a very friendly way – I think she’d forgotten how terrifying she looked!

Have you kept any stories you wrote as a child?

I’m not a keeper, I’m a chucker-out. I’ve kept my daughter’s early stories, just not any of my own.

Do you follow a writing routine?

I write for a couple of hours a day. I like to write somewhere that’s out of the way and quiet.

If it’s summer, I like to be outside, and in the winter, I enjoy sitting by the woodburner.

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I read a huge amount. I used to do tapestries, too, but I never seem to have the time now!

The Soul Of Discretion: Simon Serrailler Book 8 (£18.99, Chatto & Windus) and Printer’s Devil Court (£9.99, Profile) by Susan Hill are available now.