LA is the most diverse city in the US, says the thriller writer. And with regeneration, areas like Downtown are fizzing with cultural mashups and food fusions
When I moved to Downtown LA in 2007, it felt abandoned. Going out at night was a bit like being in a zombie movie – it was so empty. It’s changed massively: there’s so much construction going on now, so many new buildings. If there is a parallel in London, it’s King’s Cross.
I’m part of a street art crew called Uglarworks. I met them through a mutual friend. They had read my first book, All Involved, set during the 1992 LA riots, and liked it. I loved what they did and we wanted to collaborate. They essentially took me on as an intern. I carried their paints at first, then eventually began painting with them.