Entertainment can be a more powerful driver than poverty.
I get up at 5.30am, sluice myself and have two Weetabix and some mint tea, before starting to write by 6am.
One of the things that sells music is when the artist is looked at as someone who’s come up from the streets. Not just any streets, but the toughest, meanest streets of the urban ghetto. And that’s called ‘street credibility.’
Writing children’s books gives a writer a very strong sense of narrative drive.
I read ‘Treasure Island’ for the first time at university. And I started to notice then how unresolved some things were. Later, I realised that Stevenson was interested in sequels, and I wondered whether he would have gone back to it had he lived longer.
I’m also a great believer in the dream life; that while we’re asleep, a deep subconscious connection is made about our profoundest fears, hopes, loves, losses, dreads and desires.
Those who try to obliterate the past are injuring the present.
I loved to write when I was a child. I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child, then you put away childish things.
Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at life a bit differently. Some things that were important no longer seem as important as they were.
I’m encouraging kids to use computers at their own pace to build aspirations.