1. Total number of books I own:
Does anyone seriously expect us to count? Um lots, 400-ish? No idea, I’ve never counted them. Two big bookshelves worth (some are doubled up) and some still in boxes in the cupboard. I had a lot more but the ex made me get rid of them.
Shelf 1. Spike is 'aving a fag. A lot of CD ROMs on those shelves.
Shelf 2. Bigger pic this time, ideal for the more nosy or mskakaako. Glowing white ball is a fake crystal ball. ETA: It was bigger on my PC, I don't know what happened there.
2. Last book I bought:
Apart from a London A to Z, Oxford Everyday Grammar. As you might have noticed, I haven’t read it yet!
3. Last book read, or am currently reading:
A little embarrassing as I’ve only read one book in four years, Terry’s Prachett’s The Wee Free Men. Fic consumes my reading time, but it’s more writing it than reading it. I am so far behind.
I am currently in the middle of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, but its too painful for me to read at the moment.
4. 5 Books that mean a lot to me:
I’m not sure that I have books that mean a lot to me. I’m picking 5 authors instead that have been a great influence on my writing.
1. Anne McCaffery. While Anne is easy Sci Fi reading and a touch soapy, it’s Anne’s The Crystal Singer, which was the first adult book I read when I was about 11. Anne opened up all these wonderful worlds to me, and she made me want to write. All my very earliest stories, (some written for school) are heavily influenced by Anne. Best of all, I still love her work. Dragonflight remains my favourite.
2. JRR Tolkien. He set the standard, what else can I say? Apart from I’ll never achieve it. I’m very sensitive about my Tolkien, I hate the thought of people writing in that universe. Except I have. Oh dear. But it was a parody! Tolkien gave me my love of description, and the epic.
3. Tanith Lee. Tanith is probably the biggest influence on what I write and how, though I don’t think it’s all that evident. Her descriptions are beautiful, dark, and sensual and I adore them. Her words just shine and drip with jewels. I’ve never found her an easy read, she’s heavy going at times, but her style is fantastic and so rewarding. I’ve been collecting her work for years and the woman has written tons. I have her books everywhere and I'm still missing loads of them.! She wrote my favourite episode of Blake’s Seven, long before I started reading her work. She’s even written what is apparently AU Blake’s Seven fan fic, Kill the Dead. Rec: Her Flat Earth series, starting with Night’s Master, or any one of her short story collections.
4. William Gibson. When I want something a little less fantastic and more gritty, I always tend to drift to Gibson. I adored Neuromancer, and I really, really, really want to write an AU Cyberpunk Spike story. Alas I lack the skills. Damn.
5. Er… I don’t have a fifth. I have to mention my favouritist book ever, Good Omens, but much as I like Terry Prachett, but I wouldn’t say he was an influence. Oh hang on. Dennis Wheatley! I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the WIP owes a little to The Devil Rides Out.