Interview with Penny Drop

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Slipping peacefully into a parallel universe for a few hours at a time. Naturally, receiving pleasant feedback makes me feel like I've helped somebody else do the same.
What are you working on next?'s a choice of two short stories that have been hurtling around my head for a few months. The first is a humourous story loosely based on our (my wife and I) recent working holiday in Portugal. The second is a black comedy about living life on a social housing estate (you'll just have to wait and see).
Who are your favorite authors?
Graeme Greene, A.A. Milne, Jerome K. Jerome, Alan Plater
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The warm living room and the need for coffee
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite book is Winnie the Pooh, so beautifully written and crafted. It never fails to bring a tear to my eye.
What do you read for pleasure?
Actually read quite a lot of action thriller (guns and bums) type stuff. But then I get this intermittent desire to read a classic and then I realise why they called it a classic!
Describe your desk
Not much space at home. I double up on the dining room table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up on the outskirts of London. I think it would be fair to say my writing, like me, is a rough diamond. I was never going to be grammar king of the year so I try and make up for it with good humour. Purists won't like me but there you have it.
When did you first start writing?
I think my first story was when I was about 15 and was about a boy called Charlie Valentine who went on fantastic adventures at night.
What is your writing process?
Oh shoot,do you guys all have a process?
I get a vague idea of a story and I jot down as much of it as I can. Just bullet points at first. Then, I sit and think and might even draw out the story as a bit of a map on paper (I'm very visual) and then I write. I find writing helps me relax and often some other interlocking piece of the story pops into my mind. It's far from technical but seems to work for me.
Published 2015-09-08.
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