Bit of both really. I type everything up in neat on a computer during the final drafts but I’ll write everything down in a notepad first. The only problem is leaving a project for a while and coming back to it and realising I can’t read my own handwriting!
Favourite author or poet – can you manage just one?
Nope. I love reading too much and have too many favourite authors, poets and playwrights to pick one. And I know that if I tried every time I pick up one of the other’s books I’ll just start to feel guilty.
Where do you write? Where would you like to write?
Where has never really mattered. My ideas usually start with just one thing; a scene, a character, even sometimes just listening to the right piece of music. So when I start writing it’s usually on the nearest thing. Sometimes that’s my laptop or a notebook but more often than not it’s on anything I can find lying around. One time at work I got an idea for a short story and started jotting down the first few paragraphs on the towel in my apron. They let me keep the towel.
First book or poem you fell in love with?
It’s a strange answer because I fell in love with it despite not reading it. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll as well as his poem Jabberwocky. My dad would read them to me when I was very young, before I could read well myself, and he’d do all the silly voices. I used to beg him to read the story again and again until I was old enough to read it myself. Today it still holds a special place on my shelf, though a new copy. The old one unfortunately fell apart thanks to re-readings.
Which do you enjoy more – researching, writing or editing?
Writing hands down. I don’t mind editing and I do enjoy research but there’s something almost cathartic when I finally get to sit down and write. I suppose it helps that I’m always doing, always looking for a scrap of paper or my phone or a notebook to start writing again. I think that’s why I’ve always wanted to be a writer, even before I could write I would draw my stories on pieces of paper or even the walls. I still do it sometimes, not the drawing on the walls, but sketching out scenes from what I write and characters.
Which book did you refuse to start or choose not to finish?
Honestly there’s never been one. I’m one of those people who feels I can’t say something is bad until I’ve experienced it myself. So I’ll read anything even if I hate it all the way to its end, however this has led to me experiencing things I wouldn’t necessarily have taken a second look at and enjoying them.
Cat, dog, budgie or goldfish?
Cat, no dog, no cat, wait . . . can’t pick, sorry. Love both cats and dogs.