To write well you’ve got to write a lot, but in tandem, you have to read a lot!

I read books, magazines, newspapers and journals and especially lots of poetry. I like the freshness and the succinct way poetry expresses ideas. It often inspires me and I begin some of my novels that are thousands of words long, with just a few simple lines of poetry.

For example, my first young adult novel Thunderwith began with a rhythmic repeating line whilst a terrible storm raged outside in the Australian bush, that became a poem.

With thunder you’ll come, and with thunder you’ll go!

that became a story.