The figures below were the reason I began writing fiction. Recovering from a long illness, I was awake mainly at night and over a period of about six months made hundreds of these figures. I made so many I developed repetitive strain injury and was unable to use my arms so I began to dictate a novel using speech recognition software.
This first (unusable) novel contained the seeds of the three novels that were published: The Land of Decoration, The Professor of Poetry, and The Offering. It is appropriate then, that the little people helped launch The Land of Decoration; particuarly as one of the themes of novel is miniaturisation. Here they are in the foyer of Random House: