My writing is influenced by mythology, plants and ripping yarns. I read widely and ravenously. Books that grab my attention are likely to contain one or more of the following elements: magic realism, folklore, myth, weird fiction, off-kilter realities, adventure stories; lost worlds; strong plots; playful language; wit; wisdom; irreverence.
For me, one of the most positive uses of social media is as a source of paintings, photographs, illustrations that I may not have otherwise come across.
When I do happen across an image that inspires me, I save a copy. For creative writing, I use the writers’ software tool Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview). This allow me to display the picture alongside my text. Of course, a simple alternative is to have a ‘mood board’ on your wall, where you pin your pictures.
Below are a selection of my influences.
Authors influencing my writing:
H Rider Haggard
Gabriel García Márquez
Joyce Carol Oates
Favourite Books include
House of Leaves, Mark Z Danielewski
The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
Falling Angel, William Hjortsberg
The Odyssey, Homer
Perfume, Patrick Süskind
Top Reads of 2018
The Truth and Other Lies, Sascha Grango – dark thriller
Folk, Zoë Gilbert – dark, immersive folklore
The Drive, Tyler Keevil – road trip
The Loney, Andrew Hurley – atmospheric, suspenseful
Justine, Alice Thompson – sensual, gothic tale
The Overstory, Richard Powers – the biological story of a tree and the interconnected social story of people
Women Talking, Miriam Toews – harrowing story set in Mennonite colony based on true events
Cat Person, Kristen Roupenian – when dates go wrong
Come, Let us Sing Anyway, Leone Ross – elegantly erotic and witty magic realism populated by drag queens, threesomes and headless schoolgirls
Her Body & Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado – gothic magic realism about women and patriarchy