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Favourite author(s)
My favorite author of all time has to be Roald Dahl. I know I’m far too old to still read his books but his writing is amazing. As a child, I’d read his books and I could really relate to the characters. I loved the way he always made the adults appear either damn well stupid or really nice. His writing was very much from a child’s point of view and I guess I just loved that about all his books.

Favourite book(s)
I’m going to say ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy. I have a hardback copy of that which I got when I was thirteen and I just love it. It’s one of the old classics and you can see why it’s stood the test of time. And then there’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding which is amazing in terms of how Golding views the human race as a whole. I studied that for GCSE and I definitely think you get more out a book when you analyze it. ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’ also has to be on here. It’s one of Roald Dahl’s and if you’ve read it you’ll know why I love it so much. If you haven’t read it, then go out and buy it. You won’t regret it.

The book that changed my life
Apologies, but this book is not actually fiction. It’s called ‘Accelerated Learning’ and it’s by Colin Rose. It used to belong to my Dad, and was published in 1985. It just introduces you to the power of your own brain and though there are no ‘tricks’ as such, it’s very inspirational.

What are you currently reading
At the moment, nothing fictional. Apart from the stories on Lush I haven’t read anything fictional for quite a while because I’ve got a lot of other things to concentrate on.

I'm inspired by...
The world as a whole. Sometimes you can get quite bitter when you think about horrific crimes which are being committed all the time but then when you see an act of kindness, it restores your faith in the human race and you think ‘Hey, maybe it’s not that bad.’ It makes me want to be a good person.

I started writing because...
I’ve always loved reading and I just wanted other people to react to my stories in the same way that I’ve reacted. I’m not a brilliant author but I get ideas and it’s nice to write them down I guess.

Aside from writing, what occupies your time
Studying, working and trying to maintain some sort of a social life.

Erotic

How did you get in to writing erotica?
I guess it was out of curiosity more than anything. When I was at high school, I had all the other kids going on about sex and their boyfriends and in the other ear I had my dad telling me I was too young to date and all that. I used to go down to the local supermarket during lessons and look at all the books. It was hardly a vast array but I came across Danielle Steele and I was always SO curious, wanting to know ‘more’. And there were the other glossy books with pictures of handsome men kissing beautiful women so I took the plunge and bought a couple. I still remember the way the checkout lady looked at me… Anyway, so I read those and they weren’t ‘explicit’ but still enough to give me a good idea of exactly what sex was like. I was inquisitive, but kind of scared to try anything out practically. And then I came across Lush and I was in *high heaven* when I read some stories and then I took the plunge and wrote my own.

What's your favourite writing genre and why
Um, well, I’d probably go for ‘Reluctance’ because I do think there’s a certain amount of thrill in reading about wanting something but not having the courage to got through with it. I guess I’m the kind of person who likes to be ‘persuaded’ and so that genre really does appeal to me.

Where do you get your creative juice/story ideas from?
I’m not sure to be honest. Sometimes I see somebody and I think ‘Hey, he’d be a good character’ and then at other times I might see something happening and I’ll base a story around that. I tend to have one flash of inspiration and then the story just develops from there.

What are your turn-ons?
Men with a brain as well as a body. I like people who you can talk to about current affairs and stuff but I also like men to be in ‘control’ when the time’s right. It’s a tricky balance.

What are your turn-offs?
Men who seem to think their attractiveness is determined by the size of their penis. I’d rather have a modest guy with an average penis rather than some prick who thinks I should worship him because he has some sort of mutant thing down there.

General

Music I frequently listen to
Eminem. I know his raps are often very explicit but he has some amazing, inspirational material which I can really connect with. He’s very talented as well. Generally, I like whatever’s in the Top 40. I do listen to classical music as well and I like Bach when I’m in the mood.

My favourite work of art is
I don’t actually have one. I like all the old classics like Van Gogh and Monet and Rousseau but I don’t have a ‘favorite’ as such. I find art a little amusing at times. There’s that theory that the Mona Lisa was actually a male homosexual and that just makes me laugh. It’s crazy how people interpret things.

Favorite Movies
Well, if I had to name ONE, it’d be impossible but my favorite TWO are ‘Fight Club’ and ‘The Untouchable’s. I love Kevin Costner in there and it’s a brilliant historic film. ‘Fight Club’, I guess I liked because of the whole ‘weird’ nature. It was very edgy but I loved it.

Which websites do you regularly visit
Well my email of course, and then Google News, which I love because you get the round up of all the top headlines. Then there are the music sites, revision sites and Lush. I’d say I probably spend up to 50% of my browsing time a day on Lush.

What would be a perfect weekend for you
Hmm, well I’d wake up next to Matthew McConaughey and I guess it’d just go from there…

Ideal holiday destination
Venice in Italy. Without a doubt, it is my favorite place in the world. Even though I’ve never actually been…But I did a project on it when I was 14 and have been in love with the place ever since.

At home I cook
A lot of toast. I love baking too but it’s hard to find the time nowadays. I love making cupcakes and decorating them or making birthday cakes/celebration cakes for a family occasion. It’s fun to try and incorporate healthy food into cakes and biscuits. Recently, I’ve been learning to cook Indian food and it really is very rewarding when it actually tastes good.

The hardest thing I've ever done was
Drop out of school. I was what you’d call a smart kid (I got all A*’s and A’s at GCSE) but I did a lot of stupid stuff on the side. I was never a *good* kid, and to be honest, I feel really ashamed when I look back and think about half the crap I got up to. The thing about education these days is that’s there are tonnes of opportunities when you actively look for them and I guess I’m grateful to my Dad most of all for helping me kick start my career. Leaving school at 16 seemed future-less at the time but all in all it’s turned out great.

Most surprising thing people could find out about you
I find family to be the most important thing in my life. I have one older half-sister, one younger half-sister, one older half-brother and one older step-brother. My Dad’s been married three times but he seriously is the best father anyone could ask for. Even when I screw up, he’s always there for me and I know that sounds mushy but I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him. I never actually knew my own mother but I wouldn’t say I’m any worse off for it. She walked out on me, so what exactly would I want to do with her? I grew up with my little sister’s mum and our dad and it was all good. I get on with my brothers just fine and I wouldn’t give my family up for anything.

I don't like talking about...
Food. I have no problem with people saying how delicious something is and I love swapping recipes but it just annoys the hell out of me when people feel the need to analyze the dishes in a restaurant. Just eat the damn thing for god’s sake; I don’t care how the cow must have been organically reared to produce such tender-ness. Grr…

What I find amusing is
People doing impersonations. I don’t find it mean at all; I just think it’s hilarious. My brother does this brilliant Ed Miliband voice and it really makes me laugh. I find raps funny too, especially when the lines just fit together. Good TV adverts as well.

What I don't find amusing is
When comedians go too far. I can’t stand it when they start joking about disgusting things like that crap Frankie Boyle pulled. If I ever met him I would slap his self-righteous face. And I can’t believe people laugh at his abhorrent jokes. That just makes it even worse.

If I wasn't me I'd like to be
I don’t know. I can’t think of any celebrity I’d want to be and all the best authors are dead. Um, maybe Prime Minister for a day? Though a day clearly isn’t long enough to sort out all the mess in our country.

I often wonder...
What will happen when we, as humans, will go too far in terms of science. Cloning, for example, scares the hell out of me… On a happier note, I often wonder what it’d be like to be invisible…