Why do you write?
Because I love language and words and their infinite possibilities for creating pictures, stirring emotions and spreading knowledge. Writing has a quiet and necessary power.
Is writing your first love or do you have another passion?
My other passion is dancing and I love music. Eventually I had to make a choice between writing and dancing and I chose writing, but I still dance a lot both inside and outside my head.
What was the first book that made you cry?
For the life of me I can’t remember! It could have been The Silent Twins by Majorie Wallace.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Starting a major project, and maintaining faith all along the way in the lonesome cave of its production.
Name a fictional character you consider a friend.
Jean Rhys, as she appears in her various novels and stories. She knows the things.
Did getting published change your perception of writing?
It made me realise that the author’s writing, once published, does not belong to them, but to the world, and it can be shaped and adorned elsewhere from the place in which it was created.
Who inspires you and why?
Currently, most of all, Jacinda Ardern.
Which book deserves more readers?
No Win Race by Derek A Bardowell, a memoir of race and sport in Britain.
Do you have any friends that are writers? If so, do you show each other early drafts?
I have many writer friends but show early drafts to only one or two.
Who or what are you most excited to see at Newark Book Festival in July?
I’m looking forward to meeting Alison Moore at our event together.