Writer's Edit were lucky enough to have a moment with author, Chris Cleave. With his debut novel\u00a0Incendiary shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writer's Prize and taking out a\u00a0Somerset Maugham Award that same year, readers knew there was something special about this writer. More success followed with his novels\u00a0The Other Hand\u00a0(also titled\u00a0Little Bee in Canada and the U.S.) and\u00a0Gold, his most recent novel, published only last year. Living in London with his wife and three children, Cleave is working on his next writing project and hopes to have it the first draft complete by Christmas this year.\r\n\r\nChris Cleave's standout novel 'The Other Hand', also titled 'Little Bee' in Canada and the U.S.\r\n\r\nWriter's Edit:\u00a0Are there any books that changed or influenced you as a writer?\r\n\r\nChris Cleave:\u00a0Yes, there are quite a few books that have changed me as a writer & as a person, I suppose. I don\u2019t think I was ever the same after I read One Hundred Years of Solitude. Virginia Woolf\u2019s work is very important to me. I would never have been a writer (I was trying to be a scientist) if I hadn\u2019t read Primo Levi\u2019s books \u2013 especially The Periodic Table \u2013 at university. I think I am improving slowly with the years, but I\u2019m still working towards writing something on the level of those writers. There are a few present day novelists who inspire me, too. These days I am not so much influenced by people\u2019s style, but rather by their example. In that regard I admire Philipp Meyer for his uncompromising attitude to the craft as much as for the superb work he produces.\r\n\r\nCheck out Chris' website here.