I always knew would be some sort of artist, but didn’t know what.
I’ve been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe.
I accept challenges, I have always done that in writing.
I would go to sketch groups and draw. I really enjoyed the subject matter, but I wasn’t good at it.
After I’d produced about two dozen pen and ink drawings, one evening I decided that they needed poems to accompany them. I still have no idea where that notion came from, but it took me about two hours to produce verses for these creatures.
I’m usually working on eight or 10 things at once.
My reading is extremely eclectic. Lately I’ve been teaching myself computer graphics, so I’m reading a lot about that. I read books of trivia, of facts.
I look for poetry in English because it’s the only language I read.
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry – it’s some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.
I’m mostly influenced by life, what’s around me, and my own childhood.