My background is academic but my nature is physical. I think it's a good combination.I read history at Cambridge but I never knew why. I've since discovered why, but once graduated I went to music college. Music has always been my deepest passion, and informs my writing more than literature.Compared to many, I'm not well read. I read what excites me and pursue my fascinations. I've always been excited by the world beyond the horizon. Even as a child I wanted to live abroad. So my fascinations in "English" literature are rather few, and they include a fair few exiles and others with ambiguous relationships to England... Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Derek Walcott, Lawrence Durrell.I pursued my longing for the horizon, and I live a nomadic life, in Berlin, Budapest, Thailand, St. Lucia, Singapore... So I'm particularly interested in what happens when people meet outside their cultural comfort zone, in exile, migration, thresholds and transgression. These are the places where I find and develop my characters and my stories.I write sensual, sometimes extreme erotic literature because what interests me most is people. And sex, like it or not, is a (the?) vital wellspring of life, love and imagination. I write very close to my characters, in a fluctuating stream of consciousness that can, when the need arises, draw back to a wider perspective. But if you're listening that closely to someone, then you're going to hear a lot about sex. So I write a lot of sex. I don't apologize for it. I love it.But nor do I write generic "erotic novels". I write character novels. "Nympholept", my first novel, just published, is a psychological thriller with mythological elements. (In my other incarnation as a translator, I specialize in Classical mythology.) The main character undergoes a trial that is erotic but also personal. Eroticism as an aspect of character, not sex for the sake of sex, which I find relatively dull. My next novel, to be published early in 2013, is a twist on a fairy tale and a twist on a Japanese parlour game.