I grew up in Canada and England, then spent most of my twenties working as a bookseller. In between shelving books and arguing about whether du Maurier belongs under “D” or “M”, I read a lot as a way of learning how to write well.
Now, I'm slowly exploring the world and (much less slowly) working on a novel. Having lived in Mexico, I am currently writing from the UK and making my way around Europe.
This Q&A I did for Fairlight Books best and most concisely conveys who I am:
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: The Hobbit, read to me by my dad. I still hear it in his voice when I read it today.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger – I’ve read it five or six times, sometimes to work out how she does it, sometimes for the pure joy, every time to challenge myself to write a better book. I haven’t yet.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote?
A: ‘In quoting others, we cite ourselves.’ — Julio Cortázar