The author of The Metal Heart shares an exclusive short story about grief, love and lockdown with Penguin.co.uk.
Where do authors get their ideas from? In the case of The Metal Heart and Dangerous Women, two gripping novels out this spring, inspiration came from a prison ship and an isolated island chapel.
Caroline Lea grew up on the island of Jersey and gained a First from Warwick University. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her debut novel, The Glass Woman, a gothic thriller set during the Icelandic witch trials, was shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown Award. Her next novel, The Metal Heart, was a powerful Second World War love story set on the island of Orkney.
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