I love the idea that magic and witchcraft and battles between supernatural creatures could be raging all around us but just out of our sight.
I have a great belief in not doing anything unless I'm passionate about it.
My perfect reader doesn't just read - he or she devours books.
I believe that, by and large, people are good and everybody you meet is more likely to surprise you in a positive way than in a negative way.
Writing about magic is harder than writing about spies because you're dealing with something that doesn't really exist.
Once you get into the world of dystopia, it's hard to avoid plagiarism, because other people have had such powerful visions.
I fear dying in the middle of a book. It would be so annoying to write 80,000 words and not get to the end. I'm phobic about it. So when I'm writing a book I leave messages all over the house for people to know how the story ends, and then someone can finish it for me.
Until he lost all his money, my father was a successful north London Jewish businessman. He was unusual among his immediate family in that he was enormously cultured and had an incredible library.
With every year that passes, I get further away from my target audience, and while I've been happy to think of myself as a father figure to these kids, I'd be a little distressed to be thought of as a grandfather figure.
I don't think my father was a bad man, all in all.
Throughout history, story telling was at the very beginning of life.
My wife, Jill, and I have an incredibly close working relationship, and an incredibly happy married one. We met through work. I was the world's worst advertising copywriter. She had the misfortune to be my account director, so from the very start she was my boss, and she still is.
If you are going to be a writer, you have to have self-belief, every writer gets rejections, they say the difference between a successful and unsuccessful writer is an unsuccessful writer gives up, if you keep going you will succeed.
I'm a private victim of a peculiar household.
There's something very strange about Sherlock Holmes, especially if you're an English schoolboy. When you read the stories, they stay with you forever.
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