1. Why do you write? To create laughter.
2. Where do you write? Anywhere there is space for a computer: I don’t write, I type.
3. Which person in history do you most admire? Myself.
4. What do you consider to be the most important moment in literary history? The publication of my novel “Memphis Underground” on 26 April 2007.
5 What is your favourite quotation? “Bad poets borrow, good poets steal” or “I learn nothing from the dead art of living men, I learn everything from the living art of dead men, long live the dead!”
6. Which writer (living or dead) would you most like to have dinner with? Karl Marx if I’m not allowed Pamela Anderson or Naomi Campbell (due to the fact they employ ghost writers).
7. What or who inspired you to become a writer? It was an accident, I was more interested in playing rock and roll but I wasn’t that hot as a lead guitarist and I didn’t get enough attention playing rhythm or bass guitar.
8. If you had another job before you became a writer, what was it? I was unemployed and claimed welfare.
9. Of the books you have written, do you have a favourite? Mostly it is the last one I’ve written or published, and I’m particularly proud of “Slow Death”, “69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess”, “Tainted Love” and “Memphis Underground”.
10. Which book would you make compulsory reading? Hegel’s “Philosophy of Mind”.
11. If you had to choose one book to take to a desert island, what would it be? A survival manual.
12. What book are you reading at the moment? A manuscript copy of Terry Taylor’s “The Run” from the early seventies, a follow-up to his only published novel “Baron’s Court, All Change”.
13. What is your favourite Serpent’s Tail title? “Mind Invaders” edited by me.
14. What is the first book you can remember reading? “The Cat In The Hat” by Doctor Seuss, the first “adult” books I read were sword and sorcery novels by Michael Moorcock, spy and detective novels by Mickey Spillane and Ian Fleming, and youth culture novels by Richard Allen and Peter Cave.
15. What book do you consider most overrated? “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (in fact his entire output); “1984″ by George Orwell; anything by Martin Amis or Salman Rushdie.
16. Who is your favourite character (from a book)? John from Clarence Cooper Junior’s “The Farm”.
17. Which fictional character would you most like to be? Jerry Cornelius, Michael Moorcock’s hipster hero from London’s Notting Hill, subsequently taken up by other authors.
18. Which book would you like to see filmed? Henry Flynt’s collection of essays “Blueprint For A Higher Civilization”.
19. What is your favourite word? Groovy.
20. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Pass lightly through the trip”, “have a groove today”, “straight from the fridge”.
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