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My writing day: Paul Read

Young children, a day job, two broken legs... nothing stands in the way of writing for debut author Paul Read, he tells Lynne Hackles

Paul Read wishes his writing day could begin the moment he wakes but his day job takes precedence throughout most mornings. ‘I’m currently living in Italy,’ he says. ‘I read fiction, in English, during my morning commute because I’m too self-conscious to write with people around me, even if it is in a foreign language. I try to read as varied a selection of novels as possible in a range of genres from different eras. Writers should be omnivorous – to be anything else risks stagnation, I feel.

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