Which 3 writers, living or dead, would you invite to dinner?Kurt Vonnegut, Etgar Keret and Caroline Green (and Caroline gets extra wine because she invited me here).
What's your favourite writing snack?To be honest, I don’t really snack all that much, whether I’m writing or not. I’m liking pears at the moment, so probably pears.
Longhand or computer?
Longhand first, always. It makes me slow down and think a little more about what I’m writing, and it also means that I get to edit what I’ve written while I type it up. So, yes. Longhand, definitely.
Win Booker prize or land Hollywood film deal?
Either would be pretty cool. Really, I’d just like people to keep liking what I put out. That’s the important thing.
Tabloid or broadsheet?Broadsheet, technically, although most of my newspaper reading seems to happen on my iPhone now. The Guardian and Independent apps are great.
Independent bookshop or Amazon?
My first choice is always going to be an indie, for obvious reasons. But I think it’s important that we recognise that amazon is here and that it has its place too. (Plus, you can check your rank. This might not be a good thing.)
Hacker or adder?Good question! Err, I’d like to say that I do whatever I think needs doing. I start out writing pretty leanly but even after that I think I’d probably be a hacker. I think aptness and efficiency are two of the most important parts of story telling and, for me, hacking allows me to get my words to be that little bit more efficient.
Plotter or pantser? [ie do you plan out all your work first or write by the seat of your pants!]Pantser. I think finding out what happens as I’m writing is one of the best bits!
Leave on a cliffhanger or tell all?I don’t think any story ends when the book ends, so it’d be impossible to tell all. And I like that. I like that we see a period and not the whole story because life does go on. Plus, the bit we see’s the most interesting bit.
You really must read…Dear Everybody, by Michael Kimball. It’s wonderful.
I get most excited by…A great idea that I think I’ll be able to make into a good story. That, and Marion Cotillard.
If I wasn’t a writer I would be…Less tired. And probably rich too.
An author should always/never…
An author should never stop learning.
Nik Perring is a writer and editor from the UK. ‘Not So Perfect’ his first short story collection was published by Roast Books in 2010, and he co-wrote ‘Freaks!’ with Caroline Smailes, which The Friday Project (HarperCollins) published in April.
He blogs at http://nikperring.com and he tweets as @nikperring and he would love for you to say hello.