The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end.
You mustn't fall in love with your own hero.
I have the 'thing' worked out - the trick or the surprise or the pivotal fact. Then I just start somewhere and let the story work itself out.
A calm environment is for after I finish work.
I don't need validation, recognition or praise. What I need are facts and the facts are that one of my books gets sold, somewhere in the world, every second.
Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it.
There is nothing wrong with just telling the story.
The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure.
I felt alienated by the experience and decided to stay away from corporate employment.
The thriller is not a recent invention. It probably goes back to the dawn of storytelling.
All of us write wish fulfillment.
I grew up in Birmingham, where they made useful things and made them well.
I love Italian food but that's too generic a term for what's available now: you have to narrow it down to Tuscan, Sicilian, and so on.
I just felt from personal observation that there is nothing more dislocated or alienated than a lifelong military person trying to cope in civilian life. It's like two completely separate planets.
I wanted readers to be genuinely unsure as to whether she's telling the truth or lying. It meant making her partly sympathetic, and partly unsympathetic, which wasn't easy.
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