This could be a long list! I love John O'Donohue for his poetic prose. Phillip Pullman has to go on the list too. Stephen R. Donaldson is a favourite too; again I love the manner of his description. I'm currently re-reading Frankenstein and I also like to work my way through Fyodor Dostoyevsky's books. I use the word 'work' on purpose there! They take a lot of concentration, but I like that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Like most people on the planet, I guess, I have an Amazon Kindle :)
Describe your desk
It's painted white with a natural wooden top. It is covered in notepaper, with my scribbles on it. I have artwork around; images that mean something to me and often that inspire me regarding characters or places for the story I am currently writing. But to be honest, I write my books mostly on my laptop and don't sit at a desk to do that. I sit on a nice comfy sofa with my laptop on my lap :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South-East England. I'm not sure my geography has influenced my writing in any great way though.
When did you first start writing?
When I was aged 8 or 9. I had a lovely teacher, Mr Andre, who encouraged my story writing and I spent many a childhood evening composing my latest novel! I even won the English Literature Cup from my primary-school. But I started to take my constant urges to write a book more seriously about 3 years ago and started writing my latest novel, The Point of Me, in September 2014.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a control freak and I like being in charge (I run three businesses when I am not writing my novels!) so it just makes total sense for me to control the whole process from beginning to end. And I do believe that the 'traditional' publishing route is still a possibility for me - but that they are more likely to pick my books up if I have demonstrated that my stories do have a market and are selling already. But mainly it is because I am a control freak.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative process itself. Describing things that pop into my head, weaving words and making a point. I want my books to have meaning. I write for myself in that regard.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The people who have read my writing, purchased my books, bothered to tell me how they felt after reading my book have helped me loads! Not only do they help me put food on the table, they give me confidence to carry on.
What are you working on next?
I've got two ideas for new books. One of them is a potential sequel to The Point of Me. Both of the ideas focus again on the nature of spirituality and the bigger meaning of life...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I am deeply into the process of writing a book I am always really keen to open the laptop and find out what the characters are going to be doing next!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a family, so I have to look after them, manage the household etc. etc. I also run three businesses, so that will often find me doing accounting, bookkeeping, marketing, admin. I guess that when I'm not writing it is fair to say that I am 'juggling'! Yeah, that encapsulates what my non-writing time feels like!
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