Where do you get inspiration from?
Sometimes I disguise people I know as characters.
I get inspiration from newspapers, the news basically. Things that are happening on tv and radio, things that people seem to be asking about or talking about.
Also, the original idea when writing the books was to show people an Edinburgh that they might not otherwise see, so I get a lot of inspiration from finding out hidden information about Edinburgh and then deciding that I must to put that across to the public. I see things in museums and I think oh, I bet nobody knows this story or I find out things about the new Scottish Parliament building and I decide that I’m going to write a novel so I can let everybody find out!
Go to the YoungScot interview with Ian Rankin to read more about Ian Rankin's writing process and career.