But everything of value about me is in my books.
I will say I am the sum of my books.
To this day, if you ask me how I became a writer, I cannot give you an answer. To this day, if you ask me how a book is written, I cannot answer. For long periods, if I didn't know that somehow in the past I had written a book, I would have given up.
Making a book is such a big enterprise.
Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it.
Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn't fully formed. I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book. It will - with luck - come to me during the actual writing, and it will take me by surprise
Many writers tend to write summing-up books at the end of their lives.
I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others.
My grief is that the publishing world, the book writing world is an extraordinary shoddy, dirty, dingy world.
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