I’m Josh King. I’m 22, I’m British, and I’m a fiction writer.
What book has been on your nightstand reading pile the longest?
As well as the terrifying pile of books for my classes, Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Moonstone’ has sat there, half-read, for quite a while. Th good thing is that it is a detective story, and so the feeling of suspense is probably exactly what Collins had in mind.
Best quote from one of your teachers?
Unfortunately I haven’t been at Adelphi long enough to experience any great quotes yet. But one phrase I’ll never forget, from my high-school teacher Mr Treasure, is one he said whilst describing his recent novel. ‘Of course I’ve written about voyeurism; what else would you want? Descriptions of daffodils?’ That completely shaped the way I have written, and reminded me that sometimes people want something a bit vulgar. It’s also a good lesson for life in general.
Do you write on a schedule or for deadlines?
I insist on making a very strict schedule for myself, but the real shame is that I rarely succeed in keeping to it.
What’s your dream travel location?
Despite living so close (relatively speaking), I’ve never been to Paris and I think it comes close to New York as a place that I could happily sit with a glass of wine in my hand, writing in my notepad, listening to some broody poet in a smoky bar. Any sort of romantic, literary city would do me fine.
Pasta, Fried Chicken or Chocolate?
I would find it difficult to live without chocolate. It almost rivals reading in terms of satisfaction, because unlike books, it actually helps keep you alive as well, which is a bonus. Although, unfortunately, pasta is better for you and one of the few things I can successfully cook, so I’ll have to choose that.
So, here we go.