In terms of literary style — Vladimir Nabokov, Lawrence Durrell, Yukio Mishima, John Updike and many other greats from the twentieth century. For reading at the beach or by the pool in Thailand nothing beats one of John Burdett's thrillers or some Scandinavian crime.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading magazines and books, watching great TV dramas and movies, cooking and traveling to exotic places.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember writing a very simple poem at school about the ocean when I was 7 that I still remember today. I have always written for pleasure since I was a child.
What is your writing process?
Usually when I am walking in the park or going to the shops my mind starts to work and ideas start to bubble up. I am lucky that once I switch my brain into creative mode, the ideas spill out with little control. When I sit down to write, I don't always know what is going to come out next and so I sometimes surprise myself.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the English countryside and moved to Japan as a teenager. The combination of wild and picturesque landscapes with the opportunities to people watch in the city are both good sources of inspiration.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I mostly use my iPad.
Describe your desk
Messy! I leave just enough free space to charge my phone or iPad and for a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written, ever since I was able to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Although I have had a lot of non-fiction work published in magazines, I like the idea of having control over my fiction, particularly the Fallen Petal stories. The concept of creating a charcter and then controlling how they emerge into the world at large appeals to me.
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