Where is your favourite spot to read at home? What makes it such a good reading corner?
I read on my deck looking out over the Pacific. I like to get up early, wrap myself in a duvet and sit and read with a cup of tea as the marine layer burns off. The best thing about it is the quiet, with the distant sound of the ocean.
What is it about your reading corner that allows for stillness and escaping to another place?
I like being engrossed in a story and inwardly focused on it, but then every time I look up, being met with the vastness of the ocean.
What time of day is sacred reading time for you?
Early in the morning, between 6 and 7am.
How do you display books at home? Do things have an order or process to them?
My books surround my TV, keeping it in its place. And I also have a library. I used to display all the books by colour, which was fun for a while then became too difficult to find things. Now it's all alphabetical.
The elusive question - how do you decide what book to read next?
I pretty much always read on recommendation. Whether from a friend or writer who i've worked with, or someone who works in a bookshop. I don't buy books for myself on Amazon because I want bookshops to stay open.
What is the reason for putting reading at the centre of your life?
My one, actual life is magically turned into thousands of others, with books.
“My one, actual life is magically turned into thousands of others, with books.”