I am interested in computers and technology, and art, photography, and design.
Good stories are driven by conflict, tension, and high stakes.
Crime and legal stories, broadly speaking, are just where my interest happens to lie.
I'm a bit of a tech geek myself.
You can write a great book and be ignored. Literary history is full of classics that were under-appreciated in their own time.
Probably careful plotting reflects my personality. I am meticulous by nature. I can't imagine speed-writing anything that happens to pop into my head.
Well, I outline fanatically. I am a long thinker and a slow writer, though I am trying to get faster.
Genes are not simple triggers. No one is hardwired to commit murder or any other crime. Our actions are always the result of stupendously complex gene-environment interactions, and environment is likely to remain the more important influence by far.
When I was 30 or so - by that time I had become an assistant D.A. - I decided I would try to write a novel. To be clear: I did not decide to become a novelist. Honestly, it never crossed my mind that I could actually earn a living as a professional novelist.
I can't say that I ever actually decided to become a writer. It kind of snuck up on me.
I don't ever write with a particular audience in mind. I just write books that please me.
I love sports, as all Bostonians seem to. I love books and movies, as all writers seem to.
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