How did you become a writer?
I wanted to experience the pleasure of systematically working out what I thought and laying down my ideas for other people to read. I liked the calm that came from expressing, rather than just feeling things.
Name your writing influences (writers, books, teachers, etc.).
I was influenced by the tradition of essayistic writing. In this category, there is Montaigne, Stendhal, Virginia Woolf, Roland Barthes. I was also influenced by the photographer Sophie Calle, who mixes text and image.
When and where do you write?
I write in a little rented room in North London, near my home. I also write in bed, late at night.
What are you working on now?
I am writing a novel about marriage.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Most days there are periods when I cannot write. Writing frightens me.
What’s your advice to new writers?
Never ever become a writer. Go into management consultancy instead.