Elisa Albert on her book After Birth

“Sometimes I’m overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day.” Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).

Justin Cronin on his The Passage series

“Just for the record, I called my daughter to answer the question. Her answer is that in her own writing, her brain gives her sad people and she tries to write them to comfort. I like that.” Justin Cronin, 54, writer, Texas (USA).

Kristine Bilkau on her book The lucky ones

“I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life.” Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Nathan Hill on his book The Nix

“I better love it, because I worked on it for ten years. If I didn’t love it, I would be in big trouble.” Nathan Hill, 40, writer, Naples, FL (USA).

Robert Harris on his book Conclave

“I felt spiritually deepened by writing this book and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.” Robert Harris, 59, writer, Kintbury (UK).

Frank Witzel on his book Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen Teenager

“I turn a realistic idea into a little imaginary, you could say surrealistic, writing.” Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).

L.S. Hilton on her book Maestra

“It answers a really serious literary question: why should sociopaths have to be badly dressed? Sex, murder, shoes, it’s got the lot.” L.S. Hilton, 41, writer, London (UK).

Mirna Funk on her book Winternähe

“Every human being is made through his own story: a personal story, a family story or even a story of a country.” Mirna Funk, 35, writer, journalist, Berlin (DE), Tel Aviv (IL).

Karen Köhler on her book Wir haben Raketen geangelt

“I really put all the love and all the effort in it that I could at that time.” Karin Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Samuel Bjørk on his book The Owl

“The reason why I love this book is simple to explain: I have created characters that I really love, they are like family to me.” Samuel Bjørk, 46, writer, Norway.

Per Leo on his book Flood and Soil

“It was supposed to be a non-fiction book, but it turned out to be a piece of literature.” Per Leo, 43, writer, Berlin (DE).

Annegien van Doorn on her book In passing

“Why I loved making this book is because it shows a different perception of our everyday life.” Annegien van Doorn, 33, photographer, Amsterdam.