Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Where the Wild Things Are was the first book I remember, it taught me that there were far more interesting realms to be discovered and that it all could be reached from my bedroom providing I had a good book,
How do you approach cover design?
Hire someone else :)
What do you read for pleasure?
Neil Gaiman and anything that can take my interest in a sentence from charity shops my bookshelf is very diverse.
Describe your desk
It's not so much a desk as a room, covered with odds and ends, things I have collected everything that sparks the imagination from skulls with three eye sockets to matchbooks and clippings.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Scotland and we have a rich tradition in fairy tales and story telling from the Finn Folk of Orkney to the Kelpies and Brownies and finally the whispered childhood stories at Halloween about abandoned old houses.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote since I could, my imagination as a child was always very fertile. As an 11 year old I used to send drawings and stories to Marvel UK in London and as I was so dedicated (I sent them packages every week) I was invited down there to meet the comic book artists and writers it was one of my fondest memories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's hard to explain, when I see the words interacting and painting as they should it gives me a genuine satisfaction much like a person with a particular OCD would get from an immaculate kitchen.
What do your fans mean to you?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm still a fan of the old fashioned 'scratch and sniff' paper books but I do use my Iphone when travelling to read. I still prefer print though but I suppose I'm old fashioned.
What's the story behind your latest book?
You'll have to wait and see.
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