I think of myself as a storyteller, and that is it.
When I am fascinated by something, I like to play with it.
I've been criticised for writing in too complex a manner for younger people.
I like films, or some films, and would be intrigued to see my work on screen.
Genre categories are irrelevant. I dislike them, but I do not have the casting vote.
The other writer who had a very important early influence on me when I was about 17 was C.S. Lewis.
I never know where I am going, though. That is part of what makes it so wonderful. And after all, who does?
I love writers all across the board, but one who influenced me very directly at the beginning was Mary Renault.