Why do you write?
If I didn’t write, within a few days I would be grouchy and up at stupid o’clock with insomnia.
What books do you read?
Ha. The best question would be what don’t I read! I review a lot of books for independent authors, Vikings seem to be a popular theme at the moment. I like Ugly Sapling press and Ghost City press. Zooey Ghostly, Steven Storrie, Paul Tristram and Joseph Parker Okay are a few of my favourite writers today. I like an Agatha Christie or Inspector Morse mystery and Stephen King, H.G.Wells and F.Scott.Fitzgerald are my favourite short story writers.
I am usually rereading my childhood favourites, Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland every other week and literary magazines and websites are the best places for poetry, although I love going to charity shops and picking up old poetry collections, with the most obscure poets. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg I could recite in my sleep.
What inspires you?
Those poetry collections I mentioned in the above question, as do all books I read, for better or worse. I am extremely receptive to anything these days and I am unable to go anywhere without picking up ideas from pretty much thin air to autumn leaves. Music works too and newspaper stories. My poor partner often has the misfortune to have plenty of poems written about him as well.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer and when?
I’m not sure. I’ve always written, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t. I suppose , just to be stubborn, I decided I would be a writer in school and that exasperated my teachers no end. I was a weird kid and being a writer seemed to entail being weird, so I thought that made sense. At that time I was writing awful stories about the depression I was going through and isolation I felt.
How do you deal with rejection?
Depends on my mood. Sometimes it makes me throw my writing folder against the wall but most of the time I just call them editors fools and tell myself I’m a misunderstood genius.
Who are some writers you admire?
The ones that have no confidence in their writing whatsoever but continue to send out their work, publish on a blog or independently publish because their partner has told them that they do have talent and so they hold onto that.
Is writing the only artistic medium you do?
Well, I sing terribly in the shower and doodle hearts over the back of notebooks.
What would be some advice you would give to your younger self?
Don’t listen to anybody. They are all neurotic.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t listen to anybody else regarding content or formatting. I’ve thrown so much of my work away because it refused to fit into paragraphs and with proper punctuation it lost its uniqueness when I edited. As long as it is readable ish, then it’s fine.
Also learn another skill. There’s not much money in writing and I am useless at pretty much everything else.
What is your writing process?
I don’t think I have one. The more I try to tell myself to sit down and actually work on something, the more likely I am to start writing something new whilst in the pub or cooking breakfast. I tend to just need a first line and then it writes itself. Even if I’m busy doing something else, the muse refuses to wait for me.