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Kathryn Hughes was born near Manchester in 1964. The Letter is her debut novel and Kathryn says she is constantly amazed and humbled that people have taken the time to read it, even though this was her intention when she wrote it! She says it is extremely gratifying that people also seem to love it. Of all the writing advice she was given, this tip by Elmore Leonard resonated the most. "When you write, try to leave out all the parts people skip."