My primary tongue, I would call North-West Mercian.
I loathe crowds. I especially don't like cities. A city involves biomass. And biomass gets to me.
I learnt that I must never finish a book with nothing else to do.
My attitude is that if anybody of any age wants to read a book, let them, but I do think that no child would want to read 'Boneland.'
My background is deep and set in deep time, and in a narrow space, oral traditions going back a long, long time, which I inherited by osmosis.
I've learned never to try and force words to come.
I don't think I've ever frightened myself before when writing, but there were areas where there was terror, as though I was looking into somewhere that I didn't know existed before, and it frightened me.