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What was the first book you remember reading?
I’m not writing a sequel, for now, because being banned in your main market is not all that it’s cracked up to be. People frequently say to me that banning a book encourages more sales. From my perspective, I can assure you that this is not the case.
What are you currently writing?
How do you maintain thoughts and ideas?
At other times, I like to stew over an idea in my head and it can take weeks before I transfer it to paper.
Where do you like to write?
Do you have a rigorous writing routine or muse?
Usually, I drop my children off at school, before driving to my club for a swim. After forty laps I read the news, check my emails and social networks, and head for home, where I make coffee and pour myself some fizzy mineral water. Once the computer boots up I’m good for anywhere between one and a half to three hours; and then it’s time to pick the boys up from school again. Once they’re sorted out, I drive to the College where I lecture.
I never write at night.
Who is your favorite author?
The first is Hermann Hesse. His novels always have something unusual, important and difficult to say. But he handles the difficulty with ease and renders the issue, whatever it is, accessible.
Second is Kazuo Ishiguro who wrote Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. Ishiguro has it all: style, substance, character and plot, all in a perfectly executed package.
Third is Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy is stylistically wonderful. His writing is sparse, bleak and driven, and if I could choose to write like anyone, it would be him.
I’m a Karate black belt.
In the summer, I escape the heat of Abu Dhabi by flying off to the beautiful seaside town of Largs in the West of Scotland.
My favorite soccer team is St Mirren FC in the Scottish Premier League.
I’m the father of fantastic seven year old twins.
Killing Vikings is one of my favorite pastimes.
Sashimi is my favorite food.
Swearing is something I do regularly whilst negotiating Abu Dhabi’s crazy traffic.
I was once a stooge in the Ken Dodd laughter show.