Travel definitely affects me as a writer.
I always told my dad I'd play professional football.
I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.
I never played inside as a kid - even in the rain I'd go out.
You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up - at least I didn't.
It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started sending work out to magazines.
I've been getting into Nick Drake lately, the folk singer. Sad, gorgeous stuff.
I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe, so I like to give science books.
Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die.
But then of course you reach a point where you have to say, I've got to figure out how this book's going to end. Otherwise, you're going to write yourself into so many dead-ends.