Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? I love language--all languages. The ones that are lost first are those not written down or printed. Although I don't speak any language that I'd consider under particular threat, I do use idioms and traces of dialects that will naturally fade and morph into another set of words and phrases. Getting these into a story comes naturally to me, but I've a snapshot of the publishing market without unless one of us puts them on paper or screen.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? Never had it. I work with visuals that speak first. If I'm stuck on how to compose an illustration I close my eyes and something will pop into my head. If not, walking can do the trick.

What is your favorite time to write? Early morning, before 7am.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? It sounds inane but write what you love! Otherwise, why struggle? Oh, and write daily...

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? The market is finally opening up to a variety of names and voices and those who didn't fit the weird old mold can be ourselves, keep our names, and be open about how we perceive books and their characters.

Amal's My Key is out now with Clavis Publishing.