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You know, plenty of people headed off to Canada or America on the basis of government information, propaganda campaigns. Often you’d go off with a…
Some writers can produce marvelous plots without planning it out, but I can’t. In particular I need to know the structure of a novel: what’s…
You know the way there are two kinds of actors – the De Niro kind who’s always De Niro, and then somebody like Daniel Day-Lewis,…
One thing I like about historical fiction is that I’m not constantly focusing on me, or people like me; you’re obliged to concentrate on lives…
I’m not at all snobby about book prizes and how they pollute the world of literature. Just like with the Olympics, a little bit of…
I’m constantly saying, ‘I read a fascinating article in ‘The New Yorker’… ‘ I say it so often that sometimes I think I have nothing…
I would say I have sort of a natural gift for character, and following one person’s point of view at a time, and dialogue, but…
I remember a period where my publisher said to me, ‘Look, your historical work is selling much better than your contemporary work, so please give…
I think the only difference between me and other people is that when I hear of an interesting historical incident, I immediately write it down…
I have never been depressed or thrown a plate, which I attribute to the cathartic effects of writing books about people whose lives are more…
Ah yes, the paradox of publicity is that even as we do it, we know it’s killing off the chance of another reader happening across…
Writers should be applauded for their ability to make things up.
Identity politics are wearisome; you don’t want to go on speaking for any one group as a writer.
It’s painful to consider anything but writing.
I’ve been writing full-time since I was 23.
I’ve always been religiously inclined, but it doesn’t come up in most of my books.
I’m really not one of these procrastinators who cleans the house in order to put off writing, but life gets in the way.
I’m named after Jane Austen’s Emma, and I’ve always been able to relate to her. She’s strong, confident but quite tactless.
I’m finding that success is way more time-consuming than failure ever was.
I’m a huge planner, more and more so as the years go by.
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