Who are your favorite authors?
I think every author I've read has influenced me to some degree. When I was in my teens, I read a great deal of nineteenth century fiction, and many of the authors I discovered then - the Brontes, Dickens, Trollope, Gaskell, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, to name but a few - continue to inspire me. My all-time favourites, however, include Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Jean Rhys and George Orwell.
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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All my books that have yet to be written!