I live and work in India, I have spent quite a few years living and working in Greece, Dubai and Turkey as a colour specialist in post production for Film and TV commercials. As a writer and a painter finding the time to step away, breath and think is a rare commodity in this day and age and one that I am lucky to able to do, occasionally. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and I couldn't stop even if I wanted to.
How do you approach cover design?
I think, like any design it must have relevance, however vague but a relevance to the theme of the novel is an imperative for me. Being an old school vinyl record fan I have always looked for attractive covers with great art work. I believe that it is just as applicable to works of fiction. I love browsing bookshops and record shops, to view the art and sometimes surprise myself with what's inside. A good cover design should make you turn the book over read the synopsis and then turn it back to view the art again.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
5 only: Wow, OK. Here goes:
'Jitterbug Perfume' by Tom Robbins: A book about smell and transcendence. A wonderful story .
'Cities of the Red Night' by William Burroughs: This is a brilliant primer into the head of Burroughs, if you like delicious prose and mad dark worlds, with Pirates, then this is for you. I was fortunate enough to be in Brixton Academy, England, in 1982 and heard the charismatic man read sections of this book, so it holds a very special place in litreture for me.
'Hard-Boiled Wonderland' by Haruki Murakami: My favourite Murakami book, probably because of the Unicorns and strange dream readings that intertwine with a detective story and the end of the World.
'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams: Well, if you don't know this book then....I was going to say, you've been living on another planet.....but maybe you've just been here. I like books that make me laugh and when I first read this book it made me roar.
'The Final Testament' by James Fey: Somethings are so unbelievable that we could not comprehend them even if confronted by them directly. And Messiah's are at the top of the list in our disillusioned world. Made me laugh and ultimately cry as so much in our world does.