I need a stimulating environment to write because my books are driven at 100 miles per hour at a time.
I think my books come out very visual, which is an obvious consequence.
So, how to stay inside the world of entertainment without actually getting another job? I felt the only logical answer was to become a novelist. So I wrote the first book - driven by some very real feelings of desperation - and it worked.
I don't need validation, recognition or praise. What I need are facts and the facts are that one of my books gets sold, somewhere in the world, every second.
I've discovered writers by reading books left in airplane seats and weird hotels.
It's always tense when you move a character from a book to the screen. Always tense.
Many years from now when your children ask what New York City was like just after 9/11, this will be the book you give them in response. It's an exquisite novel full of heart, soul, passion and intelligence, and it's the one this great New York author was born to write.
For me the end of a book is just as exciting as it is for a reader.
It's a kind of zen question: if you write a book and no one reads it, is it really a book?
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