The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in, and I'm really just writing about myself and using those subjects as a prism.
Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
Anyone who claims to be good at lying is obviously bad at lying. Thus - as a writer myself - I cannot comment on whether or not writers are exceptionally good liars, because whatever I said would actually mean its complete opposite.
I feel sorry for people who have to edit me. Which is why book writing is by far the most enjoyable. Really the only thing it's based on is whether it's good or not. No book editor, in my experience, is getting a manuscript and try to rewrite it.
Richard C. Armitage