“A lot of what I write now is a lot darker and more oppressive than what I was writing in London. The countryside can be dark and violent in its own way. I keep discovering little hamlets that are miles from anywhere. There are families who have lived there for generations and their lives haven’t really changed in that time. Instantly that gets my imagination going and I start to question what their life is like.
“The darkness in the countryside inspires me. I have been reading a lot of writers who write about rural life in the Deep South of America. It is difficult for English writers to write in a similar style because America is so vast, but I want to write stories set in the backwoods of England where time hasn’t changed things that much….”
I was interviewed by Ben Ashwell of Bookslut here.