A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview my literary hero – Bret Easton Ellis. It was a big moment for me, as his books have had a big influence on my creative writing.
My style and voice is different to his, but other aspects of his approach – his bravery, abstractness, atmosphere, inventiveness, surrealism – have opened my mind to the broader tools available to storytellers.
My favourite book of his is Lunar Park, though I also loved American Psycho and Glamorama. As much as my interview was for a feature article in Rolling Stone, it was also an opportunity to pick his brains over creative writing.
It was a one-on-one master class.
Here is the article as it appeared in Rolling Stone.