You are half-French, half-English. In which language were you raised?
You used to be a teacher. Did you like the job, and can you tell us
what were the positive/negative sides to it?
very much. In many ways I was sorry to leave. What I liked about teaching
was the stimulus (and the fatigue!) that comes from interacting with
so many people every day; from constantly dealing with the unexpected;
the eternal challenge of youthful, intelligent high spirits.
When did you first find out you wanted to be a writer?
soon as I made the connection between the books I was reading and the
names on the spines.
How many books must an author write, before he or she can earn some
many roads must a man walk down..?
Was your book, The Evil Seed, in any way inspired by Christopher Fowler’s
but it could have been…
How does it feel when you find that someone is interested in obtaining
the film rights to one of your books?
scary; exhilarating; surreal.
You have published a cookery book with popular French recipes. Which
is your favourite?
It depends on the season; although I drink the spiced hot chocolate
all year round!
Would you give your soul for a piece of chocolate?
Certainly not. Now if you’d said two pieces…
England or France?
to live; France for holidays.
Mervyn Peake, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Christopher
Fowler, Charles de Lint, P. G. Wodehouse, Angela Carter, John Wyndham,
Vladimir Nabokov, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, John Mortimer, Guy
de Maupassant, Albert Camus, Gustave Flaubert, Louis Pergaud.