Definitely non-fiction, whether I write fiction or non-fiction.
Anything related to the topics I write about, those being the Northern Tradition, Shamanism, Ceremonial Magick and all related. Also, the writing can't be stale or else I get bored and fall asleep. Something I hope doesn't happen to my own readers. Non-fiction doesn't have to be boring.
Nothing in particular. I get ideas from travelling around the world, movies, music and people in general
Anything that challenges me and my view of the world. I tend to see all books as an inter-connected dialogue, everything can be related. Writers like Hemingway, Woolf and Coetzee make writing seem effortless, they are masters of the craft and inspire me.
Anything good. Usually books that are a good combination of (abstract/ theoretical) science and philosophy.
People, relationships and sex, but always within the context of biological, psychological and sociological development.
The concept of infinity, meaning being inherent in systems, why people behave the way they do.
I like to personalize abstract concepts and make them relevant through people oriented narratives.
Fantasy...the ones that bring people to another world for a few hours.
i am interested in the upliftment of caribbean people and our current situation which has developed out of the colonial experience. so writings which expound on the topic and explore the black psyche interests and inspires me very much.
The kind of reading that draws you into the story. I have several writers that I like to read when I am writing...David Eddings is one; Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe series, is another. That breezy, somewhat light-hearted, yet intensely interesting approach kindles the same in me, and I thrive in my own writing because of it.
I only enjoy non-fiction. I love to research and spend 3-5 years just learning about the facts of the subjects I am going to write on.
Almost anything, really. But I lean to histories, sports and politics.
Anything by Terry Pratchett. Anything by Joss Whedon. Good feedback on our Youtube show and my other more serious work. Messages offering repeat business ;)
Emails inviting me to take interviews like this! :))
There is nothing more encouraging for a writer than knowing that people enjoy his/her work. It doesn't mean we'd stop writing if people aren't enjoying it, but it sure feels nice when you know they are.
Something that triggers my own memories from the present and past; contemporary issues and nature. Then I move into my own creative world where I become a homeless man carrying his packsack; a cat peeking from under a veranda; a boy wishing to run away from home; the sounds of an island during a camp out. I try to look at an issue from a distance and feel the affect surroundings have on the main character.
Any type of reading. I enjoy randomly picking things up to read. Recently, I am starting to read of lot of Japanese literature, from novel, short stories, light novels to even manga.
The general news offers the most fodder for me, but I also like to read biographies and history.