Simon Dale

From author's website:
I'm 38 and live in London. I have has a first class degree in English Literature & Language and an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from The University of St Andrews where I studied under (not literally) Douglas Dunn.

Throughout my childhood I was a voracious reader, popping down to the village library* on a Saturday morning to stock up on adventure stories and magical tales of places so far, far away that they could only exist in the imagination. The House of Sherbet is a throwback to those childhood days of immersion in a strange, gothic world in which the impossible can happen.

Writers I love include Roald Dahl, Andrea Levy, Susan Hill, Jean Rhys, Jonathan Frantzen, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Cormac McCarthy, Tsitsi Dandgarembga, Sam Selvon, Julian Barnes, Peter Carey, Paul Bowles, Zora Neale Hurston, Anne Tyler... gosh, it would be a long list....