So long as readers keep reading and my publishers keep publishing, I plan to keep on writing. I'd have to be an idiot to be burnt-out in this job.
Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it.
The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end.
I need a stimulating environment to write because my books are driven at 100 miles per hour at a time.
I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it.
I have three desks. One empty for paperwork, one for the internet and email, and one for the writing computer.
I write in the afternoon, from about 12 until 6 or 7. I use an upstairs room as my office. Once I get going I keep at it, and it usually takes about six months from the first blank screen until 'The End.
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.
All of us write wish fulfillment.
It's a kind of zen question: if you write a book and no one reads it, is it really a book?
I don't know what the secret is when I am writing it - it really is a surprise to me.
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