Whenever I read a good book, I want to immerse myself in it. Not necessarily the characters or the story itself; what I really get passionate about is the rhythm of the prose, the tempo, the different forms that words can take. Those are the ideals I aim for when I write. For that reason, I only tend to read literary fiction, apart from when researching.
But while reading helps me write, working on A Missing MC has made me realise that writing has somehow made my reading an even more fulfilling experience.
While my all-time favourite novel is The Grapes of Wrath, my greatest influences are closer to home; Banks (RIP), McKewan, De Bernières and Hornby. The latter has inspired my desire to pursue the moral of the story, in a way that is more obvious than perhaps many would want.
Occasionally, to keep up my French, I will dig out some of France’s great classical books by the likes of Camus or Dumas.
The best book I have read recently is One Day by David Nicholls.
To find out what I’m reading now, visit my Goodreads author page.