As an analyst my effort was always to find the place within myself that could communicate with the other person ... I would try and find the part of me that was furious, or male, or unmarried, or whatever. That has also been the basis for all my characters. They are all based on me - not on my outer life but on elements of my inner life. So that experience of learning to find things within myself has been invaluable.Sally Vickers in The Guardian on what's she's been able to bring from her first career as a psychotherapist to her second - novelist. Her latest novel is Dancing Backwards.