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Actually I moved to New Jersey in 1980 and didn't discover Chatham until 1990, by which time the books were selling, but it was still a daft decision, based solely on love.
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Agents will read unpublished work because they might make money, and that's their job. It isn't mine.
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And though I've lived in the States for over 25 years and am now an American citizen, I still hear British voices in my head.
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And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because you're not a member of a team, so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.
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Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience is almost certainly a bore.
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At risk of sounding foully pompous I think that writers' groups are probably very useful at the beginning of a writing career.
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Book tours and research provide a lot of travel - too much, I sometimes think, but we do take vacations.
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But publishers are in the business of making profits, so they love getting two books a year. They'd have three if they could.
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I get asked to appear on television - at the moment I have two invitations from Britain to present long military history series, but I'm not sure whether I really want to do it - I fear the seduction of vanity, but recognise that it would help sell books - so I dunno what I shall do.
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I have a terrific, marvellous, unbelievably helpful editor in London and she has the biggest influence, but even so we disagree as much as we agree.
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I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers, so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it.
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I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the first book had not sold... doesn't bear thinking about, but I suppose we'd have made it work somehow.
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I start early - usually by 5 am, and work through to 5 pm, with breaks for lunch, boring exercise, etc etc. But it's usually a full day.
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I still have to crack the French market, though that isn't entirely surprising considering that the Sharpe novels are endless tales of French defeat.
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I took time off last year to sail the Atlantic, and if I got more opportunities for blue-water cruising I might take them.
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I volunteered for this life, wanted it and am not going to bitch about it now that I've got it.
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I'd like to cut it down to three books in two years instead of two a year - but whether that'll happen I don't know.
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I'll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.
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I'm a success inasmuch that I enjoy my life, which is an enormous blessing and that doesn't depend on commercial success (though I wouldn't be such a fool as to deny that it helps).
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I'm fortunate that the books sell, but even more fortunate to live in Chatham, to be very happily married and to have, on the whole, a fairly clear conscience.
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In the end their appeal is not necessarily the history, but the quality of the story-telling, and a good story transcends national boundaries.
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It just so happens that I write books, and I'm amazingly lucky that the books sell well all across the world, but even the biggest financial success will not compensate for an ill-lived life.
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It's better than 9 to 5 because I'm my own boss so I can take off when I want to, and the dress code is non-existent and the commute is terrific.
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It's fun. I sit down every day and tell stories. Some folk would kill to get that chance.
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Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons, so I had to come to the States, and the U.S. government wouldn't give me a Green Card, so I airily told her I'd write a book.
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Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances then you'll never have a winning hand, and I've no regrets.
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Mind you, even in places where I'm much better known, I walk in anonymity, mainly because folks know authors' names, but not their faces.
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Not sure what I'd so with a notebook other than swat flies. If I want a break I'd rather go down to Stage Harbor and talk boats.
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Of course some days are easier than others, but my worst day is better than being in most humdrum occupations.
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One book at a time... though I'm usually doing the research for others while I'm writing, but that sort of research is fairly desultory and I like to stick to the book being written - and writing a book concentrates the mind so the research is more productive.
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Research is a lifelong occupation so it's hard to factor it in, but I reckon most books take 5 months from start to finish.
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So far it's 43 books in 25 years.
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So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience, but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil, Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
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Television is a young person's medium.
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The discrepancy is entirely based, I think, on the fact that I write best when I'm writing about what I know, and that is British history.
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The one thing I will not do is read other peoples' unpublished work. The reason for that is that it doesn't help.
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Then you start another book and suddenly the galley proofs of the last one come in and you have to wrench your attention away from what you're writing and try to remember what you were thinking when you wrote the previous one.
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We have a gaff-rigged topsail cutter, which sounds much grander than she really is, but she's exquisitely beautiful and shamefully slow and we spend a lot of time aboard when we can.
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What I mean by that is that the point of life, as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans, but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness.
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Writing British dialogue is easy, writing American is harder, and I feel much more confident writing about Brits.
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Writing is a solitary occupation.
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