Jo Furniss on the Inspiration for Her Novel All the Little Children

When former BBC journalist Jo Furniss relocated to Switzerland with her family, she found herself living in a tiny, isolated village, caring for her young children. She enrolled in a masters writing program and started pursuing fiction writing, inspired by the beauty around her and the stories that have always intrigued her. This included apocalyptic stories and stories of survival. But Furniss noticed that most of these stories focused on a man trying to survive on his own, which left her wondering what would happen when a woman was on her own trying to keep not only herself alive, but also her children. She saw a dark humor in this type of situation and felt an urge to start writing her bestselling, critically acclaimed debut novel All the Little Children about two mothers and their children’s struggle for survival.

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