I've been a screenwriter for twenty-five years. Every one of my books have been optioned for movies and I have written a few of those screenplays.
I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book. Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself.
It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take a break from what was going on in my own world, to go into another world.