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There was a very serious communist strain among American intellectuals before the war. America was a more tolerant place in those days, and Communists were…
James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing. There is nothing wry or…
I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork, all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling,…
I start with the history, and I ask myself, ‘What are the great turning points? What are the big dramatic scenes that are essential to…
I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn’t happen, but it…
I have quite a few different Bibles. Having rejected my parents’ religion, I still think the King James Bible is the most important work of…
I’m a great planner, so before I ever write chapter 1, I work out what happens in every chapter and who the characters are. I…
I don’t think there’s any great mystery to writing female characters, so long as you talk to them. If you lived in a monastery and…
When I’m writing a woman character, I don’t think, ‘What would a woman do?’ I just think, ‘What would this character do in this situation?’
Well, for people who want to write best sellers, the best advice I can give is to say that the novel has to engage the…
Without books I would not have become a vivacious reader, and if you are not a reader you are not a writer.
Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative.
There is a real connection between Philosopy and fiction.
Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
My favorite period is World War II, and I’m in the middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
It’s great that in the German language I’ve sold almost 30 million books. Isn’t that amazing?
Most of my stories have some basis in fact.
I wanted to be some kind of captain of industry. Then I wanted to be in advertising, and then I wanted to be a newspaper…
I started writing stories in my spare time.
I read mostly fiction, a lot of 19th-century novels.
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