I've been asked many times what influences my writing, what is it that inspires me. Although other writers have an influence on how I write, books rarely determine what I write. Instead it comes from my everyday dealings with people both in the physical and here in cyberspace. Rather than explain in words I'll let pictures reveal what captures my heart and mind...
Woman. Whether my wife, those in my family, surrounding me in my daily life or you, nothing drives my writing more than women and the emotions they evoke.
You guys. Some of you I've written for, some of you about. The things you've said and done have had a significant impact on the way I see life and on what's been brought into mine. Makes me happy.
Lord Byron, British poet and one of the leading figures of the Romantic Era.
Musicians such as John Mayer, my biggest songwriting influence. I love the way he captures the human condition.
Weather (this deserves a post all its own)...
Stormclouds. I love a moody sky. I use storms as a metaphor for the inner turmoil that brews within us at times.
Sunrise. What an incredible way to start off a new day, under a fiery painted sky. Each sunrise makes me appreciate just being alive, rekindles my wonder towards life and has set the tone for some of my most passionate work.
Rain. God I love a rainstorm (preferably not being caught out in it). The sound of it pouring down, the rumbling thunder, that feeling in the air has an amazing affect on me. Some of my more provacative pieces have partially been written during rainstorms.
The moon. Mysterious, alluring. It's been a companion in the small hours when my mind is clear.