Nicolas Ridley has lived and worked in Tokyo, Casablanca, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Paris, and now lives in London and Bath where he writes fiction, non-fiction, scripts and stage plays under different names. His plays have been performed by professional and non-professional companies in theatres and at drama festivals in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isles of Scilly, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Australia. His one-act plays are published by Stagescripts; other pieces are published by Smith Scripts and Lazy Bee Scripts. Godfrey’s Ghost, his biographical memoir, is published by Mogzilla Life. A prizewinner and Pushcart Prize nominee, he has had short stories, non-fiction and flash fiction pieces published in a wide range of anthologies, magazines and literary journals in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Henry James – to reassure him that, although in his lifetime his sales were modest, his exquisite dedication to his craft was not in vain.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: A brass owl paperweight, although, in practice, I’m not entirely sure how lucky it is!
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘If it reads easy, that’s because it’s writ hard.’ – Ernest Hemingway
‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’ – Thomas Mann
‘To my daughter, Leonora, without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.’ – P. G. Wodehouse