Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? The written word will never go away. It is the cornerstone of civilization. I am beyond thrilled to leave an original, indelible mark on the world's page.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? For me, writer's block is simply an invitation to work on something different. After a bit, your brain works it out on the first story and you're able to go back to it with fresh eyes and forge a new path.

What is your favorite time to write? I prefer to write first thing in the morning. With my schedule, that rarely happens. I get the bulk of my writing done in the evening, after dinner.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? The best piece of writing advice I've ever received would be to do your research and 'get it right.' For example, if you write about a rare blue butterfly that only flies backward in a particular part of the world, make sure you do your research. Otherwise, there is guaranteed to be one person, at least, whose life is dedicated to studying that blue butterfly and they will call you out on your lack of knowledge. Of course, if you're writing fantasy, that would be the exception.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? I'm excited about the opportunities afforded the self-published writer. It used to be that being self-published was considered second best. Now, with platforms readily available, with good editing and talented cover artists easily accessible, we have a chance to compete with the big four.

Lee James's Sweet Honesty is out now.