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 come across an image that inspires me, I squirrel it away. For creative writing, I use the writers’ software tool Scrivener ( 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:

  • Isabel Allende
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Angela Carter
  • Neil Gaiman
  • H Rider Haggard
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Helen Oyeyemi

Favourite Books include

  • House of Leaves, Mark Z Danielewski
  • The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
  • Falling Angel, William Hjortsberg
  • The Odyssey, Homer
  • Perfume, Patrick Süskind

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