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Favourite author(s)
Robert Graves, Anne Radcliffe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Julius Norwich, Andrea Camilleri, John Romer, Bettany Hughes, Siegfried Sassoon, Christopher Marlowe, Ludovico Ariosto, Marcus Aurelius, Epicurus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, Homer.

Favourite book(s)
The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, The Complete Poems of Robert Graves, The History of Venice by John Julius Norwich, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle, The Agamemnon of Aeschylus, The Iphigenia In Aulis of Euripides, The Theban Plays and in particular the Electra of Sophocles. Everything by Bettany Hughes and John Romer. Camilleri’s Commissario Montalbano novels. The list goes on…

The book that changed my life
‘Letter to Menoeceus’ by Epicurus. This is a very short and beautifully composed work written in the third century BC that clearly sets out Epicurus’ ethical and moral philosophy. Discovering Epicureanism as a 20 year old was quite a revelation to me as it agreed with nearly all the things that I already believed. Epicureanism is a simple, rational, logical philosophical system that holds peace, happiness, friendship and pleasure to be the highest aims in life. Epicureans believe that god/s do exist but take no interest in human affairs. There is no Epicurean afterlife so they strive to make this life as pleasant as possible. I’m a rationalist and an agnostic so this system suits me just fine.

What are you currently reading
Tracks Magazine – The (Australian) Surfer’s Bible. I don’t actually surf, but I do find the lifestyle very attractive. I regularly skin dive and have loved the sea ever since I can remember. I plan on writing a surfing story for Lush, so this is by way of research.

I'm inspired by...
Bravery and self sacrifice in a just and noble cause. Creativity and the pursuit of art for art’s sake. “To every age its art; to art, it’s freedom.” This quote by Ludwig Hevesi was the motto of the Vienna Secession; my favourite art movement and I firmly believe it.

I started writing because...
I saw writing as the most easily accessible of all art forms. Give me a pencil and a scrap of paper and I can give you beauty and art.

Aside from writing, what occupies your time
Bringing up my son. I also read, draw, create beaded jewelry. I’m an art collector and a collector of interesting and beautiful things.

Erotic

How did you get in to writing erotica?
English is still in many ways a second language to me. I’ve never taken it for granted and I’ve always enjoyed expressing myself through words. So every time I write it is as though I’m embarking upon a new adventure. Lately that has been an erotic adventure. A few years ago I bought a copy of ‘How to Write a Dirty Story’ by Susie Bright, thinking it would be a laugh to read. By the end of it I felt inspired not only to try my hand at writing erotica but to write a full novel. That novel is still in the pipeline and I have published one chapter of it on Lush under the title ‘A Holiday in Crete.’ Since then, I’m proud to say that I have since written several substantial works of erotica.

What's your favourite writing genre and why
Poetry is my favourite genre and I strive to write love poetry in particular. I find that poetry comes closest to expressing the fleeting, elusive and largely indefinable feelings of the human heart in the same way that music does.

Where do you get your creative juice/story ideas from?
Rarely from my own life and most often from the depths of my imagination. Each of my stories involves a great deal of research. In order to capture the reader’s attention I like to paint vivid pictures of time and place. I strive to make my characters three dimensional and I see my work as a total sensory experience. I worship beauty in all its forms so I try to set my stories in beautiful, sensual locales.

What are your turn-ons?
Beauty, joy, optimism, erotica.

What are your turn-offs?
Racism, sexism, intolerance, violence, fanaticism and fundamentalism in all its forms.

General

Music I frequently listen to
Glorious Baroque music (c. 1600 – 1750) particularly the elegant works of the French school during the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV, with such great composers as Jean-Philippe Rameau, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Marie Leclaire and Francois Couperin. I also love the music of Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, GF Handel and Georg Phillip Telemann.

By way of a complete contrast, I also listen to a lot of Techno and trance – James Zabiela, Anthony Pappa, John Digweed, Tiesto, compilations by Renaissance, Gatecrasher, Hed Kandi and Fierce Angel. This is the music that the 21st century will be remembered for. Romance has long had its sound track; techno and trance are the music of sex; the musical embodiment of erotica if you like. Lately I have been listening to Spanish language music and thereby discovered a whole new world.

My favorite work of art is
Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze.

Favorite Movies
Ridley Scott’s Alien and any film that HR Giger has worked on, La Cite Des Enfants Perdus and anything else directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Luc Besson’s films; especially Angel-A, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, all the films of Humphrey Bogart.

Which websites do you regularly visit
Wikipedia – the font of all knowledge online.
XNXX – but only for the porn videos.
Ebay – I’m an Ebay junkie.
Amazon – ditto.
Facebook – ditto.
YouTube – ditto.
Deviant Art – love this one!

What would be a perfect weekend for you
On the beach in the sun, sand and surf, with friends and a good book, watching the summer go by and being part of it.

Ideal holiday destination
Vienna in summer.

At home I cook
Just about everything except desserts.

The hardest thing I've ever done was
Migrating to Australia and having to stop thinking in one language in order to start thinking in another.

Most surprising thing people could find out about you
Until I was seven years old I could not speak a single word of English.

I don't like talking about...
The unspeakable…. No, nothing – I’ll talk about everything and anything, provided I have some idea of what I’m talking about.

What I find amusing is
The antics of young humans.

What I don't find amusing is
People taking advantage of others.

If I wasn't me I'd like to be
Professore di Musica, Virgilio Barricelli (in my Claudia Incarnata series.) He’s the alternative, scholarly, older, wiser, urbane, worldly, sophisticated me.

I often wonder...
What the world will be like in one hundred or one thousand years time. I have held coins in my hand that are over 2,500 years old. Oh how the world has changed since they were minted!