1. genre to read: Realistic fiction
2. artist: Don't feel knowledgable enough to answer, but love and admire anything from a SCBWI illustrate.
3. author: Jane Austen
4. place to work: Study, with one or two dogs at my feet
5. writing/drawing implement: Macbook Air
6. piece of technology: see 5
7. Internet distraction: Facebook
8. piece of music: Anything by Pink Floyd or Roger Waters
9. radio station: Radio 2
10. source of inspiration: History
2. artist: Sulamith Wolfing is the first artist who springs to my mind right now.
3. author: Our guest - David Almond
4. place to work: I am lucky enough to have a huge vintage desk with tea stains and pull out bits to put papers on.
5. writing/drawing implement: I use my computer mostly but I do journalling, short fiction and poetry in notebooks in longhand with an ink pen.
6. piece of technology: I treasure my headphones to keep outside interruptions to a minimum and to listen to soundscapes.
7. Internet distraction: Twitter is my diversion of choice.
8. piece of music: Currently I adore John Field's Nocturne No. 5 in B flat Major, Andantino.
9. radio station: Mostly I can't have the radio on - but I do love Radio 4 for the Shipping Forecast.
10. source of inspiration: Walking near water always brings inspiration.
1. genre to read: Pretty much anything goes, magic, mystery, fun I find YA books much more exciting than adults books
2. artist: Phew that's a hugely tough one, there so many I love. But I guess, Nick Butterworth - charm, fun and humour are all in his work, just makes me feel warm n fuzzy inside.
3. author: Kevin Brooks, dark and dangerous and even though sometime my head is saying 'no don't read on' they are just so compelling, The Bunker Diary in particular.
4. place to work: My studio, simple as that!
5. writing/drawing implement: My inks, not telling which brand, they are like gold dust to get hold of as they are not in production any more.
6. piece of technology: Photoshop
7. Internet distraction:grrr Facebook!
8. piece of music: Depends on my mood and what I am working on. Often storybooks when I am painting, that way I get to hear the books and work!
9. radio station: Radio 2 until 12noon, then it goes off.
10. source of inspiration: Can come from pretty much anywhere, but maybe nature is best.
1.genre to read: I'll read anything and hope to be surprised; but I'm a sucker for Magic Realism.
2. artist: Hieronymous Bosch
3. author: Jasper Fforde
4. place to work: In front of my wall of post-its
5. writing/drawing implement: HB Pencil for first draft
6. piece of technology: My new smart TV; box set heaven!
7. Internet distraction: Playing with the filters on Instagram
8. piece of music: Fantasia on a Piece by Thomas Tallis, by Vaughan Williams
9. radio station: Radio 4/Radio 6 Music
10. source of inspiration: Jet lag dreams
1. Genre to read: I’m pretty genre-neutral. I love books with strong characters on exciting or magical adventures, but rooted in real life and in real, human emotion.
2. Artist: On holiday this year I discovered Sue Lewington whose work has helped me articulate what’s in my head.
3. Author: Well, this is the hardest question EVER. There are so many. I can’t wait for AM Homes to write another book. From the kids section, currently David Almond and Piers Torday.
4. Place to work: My den. I spend a lot of time here looking out at the garden. And working, of course.
5. Writing/drawing implement: My Mac
6. Piece of technology: My Mac! We are together a lot.
7. Internet distraction: Twitter, by a mile.
8. Piece of music: Recently, anything by Sia or Tom Odell.
9. Radio Station: R4
10. Source of Inspiration: It’s my son’s fault I started writing...
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