The first book I ever loved was Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, a picture book that distils story-telling to its essence. Dreams and monsters have preoccupied me ever since.
Much of my writing appears first as tweets, which are then made into miniature poems or prose poems, or assembled into longer pieces. In March 2012 I was invited by cyberpunk novelist Jeff Noon to join his Twitter writing group, @echovirus12, a project that has led to many interesting collaborations, for example with the artist Diana Probst, who provided illustrations for two of my books, The Madness of the Bird King and 13. In May 2014 I set up Chimera, an online group of writers and artists whose Twitter bio sums up my attitude to creativity:
"Children make pictures, poems and stories playfully, adventurously, unconstrained by considerations of realism, theory or convention. So do we."
Pictures are very important to me. As children we are encouraged to make connections between stories and illustrations, to enjoy the way they illuminate each other. But then we reach adulthood and, in most books of fiction and poetry, that pleasure is denied us. All of my books contain pictures, by me or my collaborators; there is a lot of fun to be had by the reader in exploring the connections and disjunctions between word and image.
You can see my latest work at www.thebirdking.com.