I like the feel and smell of books made of paper. It adds to the whole experience. The sound of the page turning, the weight of the book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and have worked in West Yorkshire. The county, for better, for worse is in my blood. It has had a direct influence on what and how I write. People who know me well will recognise either themselves or someone they know in my work.
When did you first start writing?
I discovered that I could write at the age of fourteen or fifteen. I found writing stories easy, like other kids found playing football easy. I dabbled in poetry at college, wrote songs for the various bands I've been in. I returned to fiction about five years ago after incubating everything I've experience over the last twenty-five years.
What are you working on next?
I have an idea for a YA novel set in a theocratic dystopia. It's just an idea though.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What do you read for pleasure?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - this was my Harry Potter. It created a need in me to read. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck - this is the book that taught me there was more to life than The Lord of the Rings. 1984 by George Orwell - this is the only book that ever changed the way I think. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - terrifying, melancholic, heartbreaking, brilliantly written Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick - if you think the ideas in Blade Runner are mind-blowing, read this.
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