E J Saleby started writing poetry and stories as a small child and then became distracted by playing and listening to music, which was fun while it lasted. He started writing again after a new year’s resolution to try a creative writing course at City Lit three years ago. He is currently working hard, still, on his first novel.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: J K Rowling using her plotting grid in a café in Edinburgh, before the dice were rolled.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (from a book, movie, song, speech…)
A: ‘Nothing will come of nothing’ from King Lear seems particularly apt with writing.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?
A: Calvin and Hobbes, The Revenge of the Baby Sat. On a more dignified note, anything by Hemingway and Gabriel Garcia Marquez repay repeated reading in their simplicity and depth.
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: Barnett Newman, painter, teacher, never gave up.