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 (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:
- 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