Writing is hard work; it's also the best job I've ever had.
Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely, so that's the way I decided to go.
I'm a huge fan of Cabernet and Bordeaux, and am passionate about Pinot Noir and Burgundies.
One of the key issues will be personal honour vs. the good of the many, and unforeseen consequences.
You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.
Often I'll try things that just won't happen the way I'd like them to, so hearing that they're not working saves me some wear and tear the next time around.
There's always going to be comparisons, and that's unavoidable. There are people out there who feel I hit my peak with Magician and have gone downhill since.
Also, it's risky to try to duplicate earlier success. Magician had a certain charm to it, mostly due to my choice of lead characters, that I would be hard put to duplicate.
If I leave my computer, I'm probably not going to get back for hours. If I take a few minutes to answer questions and go web surfing, then guilt kicks in and I get back to work.
One likes to think one grows as a writer as one ages, else all you get is an ""old"" young writer. Beyond that is the changing landscape of the universe and the stories I choose to tell.