Nina Allan is a bestselling novelist and short story writer whose books receive high acclaim and have won several prizes, including the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel, the Novella Award and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Best Translated Work. Her recently published novel, The Dollmaker, is particularly close to Nina’s heart. The story first came to her more than ten years ago, while she was still living and working in Exeter. Other things happened during the intervening years, but Nina never forgot about the dollmaker, Andrew Garvie. When she finally returned to the manuscript in 2016 she found his character and his story more compelling than ever. Today she discusses her writing journey and why The Dollmaker has always been a book she needed to write.