In A Loaded Gun I wanted to capture social changes which our referendum in Britain has recently responded to. I do this via Steve’s and Helena’s love story. Like all our love stories, it’s part of what is happening around it, which, in this case, means Mrs Thatcher’s radical transformation of the UK, and the resistance (by the miners, by Helena, but not by Steve) to this transformation. My characters do mainly what I know about: teach in universities, play football, run to keep fit. Steve as a soldier I had to imagine. Terrorism I had to imagine. A mysterious Emily Dickinson poem gave me my title. It’s a proposition about fate.