I admire the work of Philip K Dick, JG Ballard, Brian Aldiss, and Michael Moorcock, amongst others. I use my experiences in over thirty different countries to generate background for my characters.
My books are character-driven rather than plot driven.
I'm also a professional editor at the substantive level, able to take on jobs over 100,000 words. My book production skills include internal typesetting and layout with Indesign, and cover set-up. I teach English Lit., and also teach for Kaplan Colleges, helping students qualify for postgraduate studies (GRE and GMAT) more...