When I’m not writing I read loads of fiction but I’ve been writing quite constantly lately so I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction – philosophy religion science history social or cultural studies.
There’s all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now it’s a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society similar to a London society a highbrow literature celebrity society.
I think young writers should get other degrees first social sciences arts degrees or even business degrees. What you learn is research skills a necessity because a lot of writing is about trying to find information.
I spend so much time on the screen when I am writing the last thing you want to do is spend more time on the Internet looking at a screen. That’s what I hate about all this technology.