The Queen of Crime Fiction patiently answers "a lot of questions" from an American fan and aspiring author. "I started thinking about stories & planning them about 12. I sold a poem & a story when I was about 20—but most of them came back! My first book was refused—it was a very long novel. My first book to be taken was The Mysterious Affair at Styles—I think I was 22 then. One of my sisters writes plays & an occasional short story. I didn't know many professional writers apart from Eden Phillpotts (who writes books about Dartmoor) who was very kind & encouraging to me & urged me to go on writing." But Christie warns Weir that she does not "think anyone can help you much—except on mechanical points such as length, form, etc.—or possibly criticize a very glaring fault or inconsistencies."
Christie concludes with a summary of her life during the Blitz: "Yes, it's wonderful that the war is over. And I have stayed in London all through it & have seen every kind of bomb & always slept in my own bed & not in a shelter. Have had one house bombed so as to be uninhabitable—& windows broken several times. I have been working in a Hospital Dispensary all through."
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