Author: Torn Away, Life on Mars, The Hate list, Perfect Escape, A Thousand Words
1. What inspires you creatively?
I have always found that enjoying other artistic endeavors (mine or otherwise) tends to inspire me. A great book, a meaningful song, a deep movie, a poem or painting that I connect with — when I see something great that someone else created, it makes me want to create, too.
2. What kind of surroundings do you like to write in?
I can write in pretty much any kind of surrounding, but don’t love dark and gloomy areas. I tend to keep it to my kitchen table, where I’m surrounded by windows and can see and hear what the kids are up to. I can’t really write to music, unless it either has no words, or has words in a foreign language I can’t understand. My brain just latches onto words too easily, and it gets distracting.
3. Who inspires you?
In terms of inspiring specific pieces, that could be different on any given day. But in terms of who generally inspires me to write and makes me want to be better what I do? Stephen King. He’s a master storyteller and I wish I could spin a yarn the way he does. Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda, because he packs so much meaning into his work, and I love deep meaning in art. And Marian Keyes, because her work is light and fun and romantic and sexy.
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