I just love writing. It's magical, it's somewhere else to go, it's somewhere much more dreadful, somewhere much more exciting. Somewhere I feel I belong, possibly more than in the so-called real world.
At an early school, when I was about 5, they asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Everyone said silly things, and I said I wanted to be an actress. So that was what I wanted to be, but what I was, of course, was a writer.
I love writers all across the board, but one who influenced me very directly at the beginning was Mary Renault.
No one is ever ordinary.
Pirates have always fascinated me.
People are always the start for me... animals, when I can get into their heads, gods, supernatural beings, immortals, the dead... these are all people to me.
If they had said my writing wasn't good enough, fair enough, that's an opinion. But to say it's too complex is to insult the intelligence of the so-called young.
Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure?
Writers tell stories better, because they've had more practice, but everyone has a book in them. Yes, that old cliche.
I never know where I am going, though. That is part of what makes it so wonderful. And after all, who does?
The other writer who had a very important early influence on me when I was about 17 was C.S. Lewis.
I submitted manuscripts to publishers. This was not so much a feeling that I should be published as a wish to escape the feared and hated drudgery of normal work.
Genre categories are irrelevant. I dislike them, but I do not have the casting vote.
I like writing about women, weak and strong, pathetic and heroic. I like writing about men, ditto. And all the variants of men and women, beasts and demons.
I've been criticised for writing in too complex a manner for younger people.
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