Everybody you work with has their own voice, and if you do your job well enough, even their closest friends or their partner of 40 years isn't going to recognise the fingerprints of a ghostwriter.
A perfect hero is about as boring as a perfect marriage.
All of my novels are seeded in real life events, and 'The Wreckage' is no different.
I normally sleep very well, but when I do have bad dreams, they always involve my children.
I often joke that I could write 'War and Peace' and make it sound like Geri Halliwell wrote it.
I write entertainment. There are some books you read but don't inhale. There are books that will change your life.
I'd like to set a story in Australia, but I would need to feel confident my German and U.S. readers, for example, would stay with me.
I've known since I was 12 that I wanted to write. My father was a teacher, and there were so many books around, it seemed natural to pick them up.
The hardest part of ghost writing other people's stories is capturing their voices so that it isn't you talking, it's them.
Writing is what I do. It's what makes me tick.
You're not supposed to have a favourite book - it's like children.
I believe that if the story is fleshed out and the characters more believable, the reader is more likely to take the journey with them. In addition, the plot can be more complex. My characters are very real to me, and I want each of my characters to be different.
I normally write in the first person, and my narrators are as real to me as any of the people I have worked with. They live and breathe in my imagination.
I wasn't always a novelist. I began my writing career as a journalist, working on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney, Australia, doing the crime beat and court reporting. Having grown up in a small country town, I felt as though I had nothing to write about.
I write books that will make 10 or 12 hours disappear, and hopefully they'll resonate with you for a few days, where you'll remember the characters and the story. That suits me fine; I am happy with that.
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