Life should be embraced like a lover.
When you've finished a piece of work you've had a kind of love affair with it.
I think I'm drawn to writing about something which feels intense and important.
A novel usually takes me two years. A year to research and plan and dream. Then a year to write.
I can inhabit any character in a way that is difficult to do successfully in a contemporary novel.
The process of rewriting is enjoyable, because you're not in that existential panic when you don't have a novel at all.
I'm always amazed by writers who tell me they plan everything at the beginning. I feel their writing days must be very bland.
The unfolding of a story is both as exciting and as difficult for each and every novel I've written, regardless of time and place.
Any setting can potentially acquire this vividness. It slowly arrives during the period of research, until it is as immediate to me as my own real surroundings.
I'm not very interested in charting a day-to-day familiar reality. I'm always looking for territory in which to explore the BIG subjects, the life-or-death stories.