Sometimes I think, 'Why should I care about doing well in New Zealand?'
There's a bunch of Stephen King books I love. 'Salem's Lot' was always one of my favourites. 'It.' 'Needful Things.' Moving away from King, and 'Silence of the Lambs' is always a good choice.
I spent years only ever reading horror and then trying to write horror – and deep down, a horror writer is still what I'd love to be. But it wasn't until I started writing crime that things began to work for me.
I had to sell my house and make a lot of sacrifices to become a writer, and it sucks not to get taken seriously.
You simply couldn't make a living as an author if New Zealand was your only market.