I’m primarily a prose person; a magical realist romantic. I write messily on shiny paper with a specific pen; I like my materials to flow when I do. Except for poetry. I have to be in a particular mood to write poetry and then I favour collaging lines together on a laptop, more Jenga than Zen. Favourite writers question is a floodgate; my first breath exhales Haruki Murakami, Jon McGregor, JK Rowling, Philip Pullman and the late great Iain Banks. My writing soundtrack is train noise. I love writing on trains; sometimes I get on one just to write. My first book love affair was CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I read it aloud with my Mum over several bedtimes and then I read it to myself on a beach in one sitting. There weren’t any sandcastles built that day. That was also probably when my guilty pleasure of rereading began … and my habit of climbing into wardrobes. I’m definitely a dog person; enthusiastic, waggy and eager to please. But I don’t eat my own vomit.