Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm on the 263 bus on Holloway Road. If I smear a porthole in the window I can see the Odeon.
What are you currently reading?
'Heretics' by Will Storr. It's a collection of essays about, and interviews with, science-deniers. The more novels I write, the more non-fiction I want to read.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
I like any writer who marries strong narrative with high style, like William Boyd, Maggie O'Farrell and Lesley Glaister.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's a cliché, but a converted attic in North London. It's got dusty bookshelves, cheeseplants, an oriental rug, the lot.
Which fictional character most resmbles you?
I don't know about resemble, but I always identify with an awkward teenage girl: Zora from Zadie Smith's 'On Beauty' is a favourite.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Ina May Gaskin, author of 'Spiritual Midwifery' and natural birth pioneer.
Erin Kelly's new novel of psychological suspense is 'The Burning Air' (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99)