Probably I, like a lot of people, became a writer in imitation of or in homage to the books I enjoyed. When you're so captivated by something, you think, could I do that? Hmm, let me try.
I just think that people are complicated, both men and women. It happens that I write more about women.
In some ways I think it would be very dignified if I went away for twenty years and then wrote my fourth book.
It's never that hard for me to imagine what it must feel like to be someone else, whether it's an American teenage girl or a Japanese octogenarian man.
My boarding school experience was the only thing I had strong enough feelings to write about for hundreds and hundreds of pages. I can still smell the formaldehyde of the fetal pigs in biology.
I don't really have special rituals, but I don't try to write fiction unless I have a minimum of a few hours. For me, it takes a while to settle into a mode where I'm truly concentrating.
I have this theory that the likeability question comes up so much more with female characters created by female authors than it does with male characters and male authors.
I do think I was trying to entertain the reader more than I was trying to purge myself.
Well, I think that if you sincerely try to imagine what life is like for another person - not in a mocking way, not in a satirical way, but in a sincere, compassionate way - I don't think that's exploitive.
I feel like if you read something, and it makes you so curious about a topic that you then go read something else, that's exciting.
I think in general, novels by men tend to be taken more seriously than novels by women.
When I was writing my first two books I was also freelancing and teaching and doing other odd jobs.
I just write the books that I think I would want to read.
I'm able to separate fiction and reality. I guess it remains to be seen if other people are.
I'm so trying to give up meat.
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