I began writing when I was a teenager, initially songs and lyrics for the various bands I was a member of, and then progressing to bad poetry (sometimes really bad poetry). Inspired by the 'classics' (Stephen King, David Gemmell, Michael Moorcock, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Alan Moore, and J.R.R. Tolkien), I began writing short stories as well.
So one could say I am old to writing, yet new to publishing, as with the ease of being able to publish e-books these days, I have begun doing just that. Aging at an exponential rate, I am still a child, out of kilter with time and place. I am inspired by myth, woodland, yeast fermentation, shilly-shallying, and cats!
With any of my writing I hope that the reader comes with a positive attitude and open mind, and leaves with a little more enjoyment in their life.
Books that have influenced me:
The Stand - Stephen King
At The Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
Legend - David Gemmell
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Elric of Melniboné - Michael Moorcock
Conan of Cimmeria - Robert E. Howard
The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Damnation Game - Clive Barker
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Pompey - Jonathan Meades
The Circus of Dr Lao - Charles G. Finney
Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
Poets that have influenced me:
Edgar Allan Poe