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All that research - maybe a third research, a third experience and a third imagination.
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Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die.
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At the same time, I never set out to write a thriller. In fact, the only bad review I've gotten so far is that the book is too long, and not enough happens in it. Reviewers have said some really nice things, but some are saying it's too long, and I would say that's the opposite of a thriller.
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But I didn't start writing seriously until I was 22, writing at night after work.
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But the challenge of a novel is so rewarding - there's so much more you can cram into them.
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But then of course you reach a point where you have to say, I've got to figure out how this book's going to end. Otherwise, you're going to write yourself into so many dead-ends.
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For me it was perfect, because it wasn't a very competitive environment, and it was a studio program. They basically send you off, and say, bring us some work, and we'll help you improve it. It really rewarded self-discipline.
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I always told my dad I'd play professional football.
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I do fish. I think there is a connection between thinking and fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.
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I don't have a formal background in science - I get asked that question all the time.
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I feel like it has gone very fast for me, but I feel like it wasn't instantaneous, at all. I was getting a lot of rejections. I just got very lucky and it happened quickly for me. I don't feel like I'm a prodigy or something.
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I found my first novel difficult. I don't want to make it sound like it's any more difficult than driving a cab or going to any other job, but there are so many opportunities for self-doubt, that you just kind of need to soldier on.
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I guess whatever maturity is there may be there because I've been keeping a journal forever. In high school my friends would make fun of me - you're doing your man diary again. So I was always trying to translate experience into words.
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I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.
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I never played inside as a kid - even in the rain I'd go out.
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I studied history and English in college, got a master's in writing, but I was always sort of an autodidact in science.
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I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe, so I like to give science books.
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I've been getting into Nick Drake lately, the folk singer. Sad, gorgeous stuff.
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In many ways travel is the easiest way to get myself out of the routine and commonplace, but it's not the only way.
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It took me about three years to write About Grace. I wasn't teaching two of those years, so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week. And it would include research and reading - it wasn't just a blank page, laying down words.
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It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started sending work out to magazines.
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It's about radios, I think. The Nazis when they went into Paris took over all the radio, from what I understand, but the French Resistance would still, at the risk of their lives, broadcast covertly from apartments, they would hide transmitters in closets.
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Like real human beings, fictional characters make marks on their respective environments, but environments make marks on their characters, too, and I tried to present each character's story as inseparable from the place(s) where it occurs.
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My mom is a science teacher in high school, and one of my brothers works in optics at Bell Labs, and so I was always surrounded by it.
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My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say, how long did it take you to paint that painting. She'll say, It took me maybe three days, but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting.
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Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging, and the joy of them, because it only takes me three or four months to write, I can take more risks with them. It's just less of your life invested.
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Travel definitely affects me as a writer.
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Whatever limited observational skills I have, I use them best and most when I find myself in a strange place, slightly uncomfortable.
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You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up - at least I didn't.
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