First and foremost I'm a writer.
I play piano, go on long walks, play PC games such as Skyrim, Crysis, Civilisation etc. Reading is my preferred activity although I loved movies such as The Dark Crystal, Star Wars, The Labyrinth, Fantasia, The Neverending Story, Willow, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess Bride, Jack the Giant Killer, The Chronicles of Narnia and Watership Down. It makes sense then that my genre of choice is fantasy fiction. The flexibility, the ability to create everything wholly and completely by twisting our already existing worlds, that’s what impassions me most about fantasy.
Now, I gravitate towards all types of fantasy movies, and even anime. The works of Hayao Miyazaki are a constant source of inspiration. The way he brings beauty and feeling to animated pictures is breath-taking, and I hope one day I can inspire HALF of that level of feeling through words in my readers. Some of my favourite animes include: Spirited Away, Ponyo, From up on Poppy Hill, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighour Totoro, Moribito, 12 Kingdoms, Claymore, Blood +, Death Note etc.
I sometimes use music to inspire mood. ‘Wonder’ is the emotion I work best with in fantasy writing, but sometimes my characters need darker evocations so in those moments I might listen to Evanescence and Nine Inch Nails, classical piano or violin music (preferably cello). But I also listen to The Presets, George, Muse, George Winston, David Nevue, Imogen Heap, Jennifer Thomas, Pendulum, Massive Attack, lots of vocal trance and basically any solo classical music I can get my hands on. I play the piano which is the instrument that affects me most in terms of manipulating my mood.
I hope you enjoy reading my stories and visit my website at www.kjcolt.com where you can find out more about my published novels.