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The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the…
Once I’ve discovered the story, I might restructure it, maybe move things around, set up a clue that something is going to happen later, but…
It’s a discovery of a story when I write a book, a case of inching ahead on each page and discovering what’s beyond in the…
You’re getting everyone’s point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist…
You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel.
You don’t want to write your own opinion, you don’t want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else.
To write about someone like myself would be very limiting.
The past is still, for us, a place that is not safely settled.
Right now, I have no idea what I will write or if I will write again.
Research can be a big clunker. It’s difficult to know how you can make the historical light.
It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you’re not.
I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me.
That’s Anil’s path. She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad, and through fate or chance gets brought back by the Human…
It’s an odd state to be in, blowing the whistle on your home country.
It’s a responsibility of the writer to get the reader out of the story somehow.
It’s why you create characters: so you can argue with yourself.
I don’t have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out.
A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
When you’re writing, it’s as if you’re within a kind of closed world.
In the book the relationship with Katharine and Almasy is sort of only in the patient’s mind.
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