Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? Meeting new characters, mixing them up with strangers and reporting the outcomes.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? Jog every morning.

What is your favorite time to write? When the first line of the chapter pops into my cabeza.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Put down 800 good words every day. Throw out the first draft. Re-write as needed. Don't send out anything before it's ready. And never, ever work for free--if you can help it.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? Turmoil, exploration. the deck is being shuffled as we speak.

William Isaac Goldstein's Dr. Phibes: The Androbots is out now.