Tell us about your latest creation:
Eleven Days – 11 Days before Christmas and a small convent in West London is burning. When the detectives get there they find ten dead nuns and one unexplained body. The case stretches back to South American and the upsurge of Liberation Theology in the 1970s. I always wanted to write a locked room mystery and this was my attempt to do so. It’s also the closest to a cosy I’ve written (or am likely to write) 🙂
Where are you from / where do you call home?:
London / London.
Always an author. Since the age of ten or so. I always loved books and read all the time. There never was any other possibility!
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
I like all my books for different reasons. Eleven Days is the one where I’m most happy with the writing.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
I have an office room which is quite bare. I face the wall not the window to avoid distractions. I keep it quite ordered otherwise the chaos clutters up my brain.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
Crime fiction, of course. American literary fiction. Poetry.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
I read a lot of the geopolitical thrillers that were very popular in the 1970s – Alistair Maclean, Frederick Forsyth, Wilbur Smith as well as Stephen King.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
Always impossible to answer this as all my favourite literary characters have awful lives.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
Mainly listen to music! Not that surprising, I know but it’s the only thing that allows my brain to switch off from narrative discourse.
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
Burgers and Coke.
Who is your hero? Why?:
William Burroughs – for showing that anything is permissible in the novel.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
The many electronic distractions of our lives.