I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting.
Most of my books are about contemporary subjects, and the world changes so fast that I'm lucky when events haven't overtaken the book I'm writing at the moment.
I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday.
Stephen King once told me he liked my writing. And that was great.
The world has gotten smaller and more accessible since I first started writing in the 70's.
Writing doesn't leave much time for hobbies, unless you consider that I began writing as a hobby and have made the hobby into a profession.
I do write my manuscripts by hand, in pencil on legal pads. Then they are typed on a word processor by my typist.
I think it's more difficult now to write a spy thriller with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many authors have tried, but few have succeeded in capturing the interest of readers.
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