What motivates you as a writer?
Reading an excellent book is very motivating, as is getting into a flow state and just writing for two or three hours on a Saturday morning. When I’m in writing mode, I’m in a flow state and fully absorbed in the task, which is always a feeling worth chasing.
What types of books do you like to read?
Memoirs like Unwifeable by Mandy Stadtmiller and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, women’s fiction by authors like Marian Keyes and Liane Moriarty, suspense thrillers like The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, and self-help books by authors such as Tim Ferris, Sam Harris, Brene Brown, among others.
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
I’m always on the lookout for great metaphors or imagery nowadays. When I spot a good one, I take a screenshot, not dissimilar to a wildlife photographer spotting a rare species. I’m also more appreciative of a good cliff-hanger at the end of a chapter and intriguing characters, like Eleanor Oliphant in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.