Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? It allows me philosophical expression in a non- academic format Writing can be more effective a technique for the healthy exchange of ideas than the spoken word that frequently is relegated to shouting at each other.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? I keep reminding myself the moment chooses you as much as you choose the moment and I begin to relax.

What is your favorite time to write? Very late at night.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Pay attention to the emotions that accompany your words and let them lead you into expression.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? The availability for so many to put pen to paper compared to times past, where they would have been closed off from this venue.

David I. Mayerhoff's The Crown of Inspiration is out now.