Favorite Font:Currently Gill, but Garamond was loved long before I read much from the Aldine Press.
Favorite Place to Write:
When I've finished writing and decided to call it a day, inspiration will strike. The best ideas are written on the backs of envelopes.
Favorite Place to Read:
On the sofa, in bed - the horizonal seems best.
Best time of day to write:
Early morning or late at night, but rarely in combination.
I was born in 1976 in Tokyo, but grew up in the Highlands of Scotland. After two years in Montreal, I went to university in Edinburgh. From there I did a couple of years of work for a publishing company in London before returning to academia, this time in Leeds, to do a PhD on Thomas More's Utopia. Since then I have taught in Leeds, Manchester and Paris. I currently teach in Inverness, back in the Highlands. Not counting the academic publications I have reviewed for the Telegraph (London) Chapman (for which I worked while in Edinburgh). My first short story, "Foreclosure," was published on The Literateur in November 2010 (http://www.literateur.com/foreclosure/). I am currently working on short stories before I contemplate "the novel".
At the moment I am loving Richard Yates. He is a brilliant writer for those waking up from their private delusions. Music too is important, and here I'm more contemporary (and fantastical): Arcade Fire, Owen Pallet, and Andrew Bird have all given me ideas.