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A young adult can get a driving license at the age of 15 in New Zealand, and if I describe a 15-year-old legitimately driving, people in some other countries think I made a mistake. Editors then insist that I explain the driving license situation instead of simply taking it for granted.
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Anyone interested in the world generally can't help being interested in young adult culture - in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language.
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At one stage, time stops for Ellis, the hero of 24 HOURS. This is partly because he's been drinking but also because of the strange circumstances in which he finds himself.
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At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction.
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At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young.
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Behind me, as I work answering these questions, stands a filing cabinet and shelves and shelves of books; there are books piled on the floor beside the chairs. On my left is the printer.
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Behind my computer there is a long thin window, and the window sill is crowded with photographs of my two daughters and their children.
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Being a librarian certainly helped me with my writing because it made me even more of a reader, and I was always an enthusiastic reader. Writing and reading seem to me to be different aspects of a single imaginative act.
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By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life.
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Ellis's understanding is advanced, and art (in his case, his acting) becomes something more than an abstract exercise like something flatly pinned to a page or a wall or acted out on a stage. His acting becomes part of real life something he can use.
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Ellis's understanding of himself and the world around him certainly develops because of his adventures, and part of that development comes through recognizing other people for what they are.
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Every writer has to find their own way into writing.
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I am not recommending this sort of experience, but I think that in writing this particular story I was remembering the quality of it all.
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I am really chained to my computer these days so I work in my bedroom, which is a room I have worked in for years and years. It is just as much an office as a bedroom, and during the day, my bed is rather like an extension of my desk.
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I did some research into the work an undertaker does. I talked to undertakers and asked them a lot of questions and I read one or two books. I soon had more information than I either needed or used.
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I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another. I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults.
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I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing. However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be, from the time I was a child.
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I hope I am not too repetitive. However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation.
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I once knew a house rather like The Land of Smiles - an old house occupied by a varied collection of young people, mainly students. However none of these people were true models for the characters in the book, though their way of life may have been.
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I read extensively. Not only that, I read reviews and journal articles where books were discussed so that I found it easy to have ideas as to which books I liked (and why) and which books I didn't.
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I stay in touch after a fashion through reading and listening in. Within another three or four years (if my grandchildren and their friends are still speaking to me) I will be in everyday touch once more, but I will still read and listen in.
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I think I am too interested in my own ideas to copy anyone else's, but I find that other people's imagery, the flow of language in the outside world, games with words, and ideas about relationships are all most important to me.
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I think it is a good thing for a writer to have several ideas turning over (though he or she may still need to concentrate on one particular idea at a time) so that if one does not work out there are others which can move in to take its place.
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I think the uncertainty of life is part of a central human mystery, and either loss (or fear of loss) tends to haunt us all.
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I thought hard about the story, wrote and rewrote it, working my way into it - and acted bits of it out in my head.
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I was able to work out all sorts of attitudes to style and event and character, all of which affected the way I came to think about my own writing. I believe that all good writers are original.
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I was about 33 when I got my first book published and about 43 when I began to make my living as a full-time writer.
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I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
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I've never actually been a fighter myself - fighting tires me out and I'm not an efficient fighter anyway - but I have certainly seen other people have great complicated goes at one another.
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In a matter of a few hours I would experience exhilaration, join in with cheerful conversations, see people in the process of falling in love and witness great arguments and fights.
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In a way, the characters often do take over.
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In this case some experience of death was probably necessary for the hero, since he confronts the kidnapper and reinforces Shakespeare's thoughts on death with the power of his own experience and conviction.
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It can certainly happen that characters in more sophisticated stories can "take over" as they develop and change the author's original ideas. Well, it certainly happens to me at times.
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It is a good idea to check the appropriate reference books in the public libraries (some of these books give publisher's addresses along with their preferences when it comes to submitted manuscripts).
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It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
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Most people have to go through a stage of putting a lot of work into their books and then having them turned down.
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Most writers I know (and by now I know a lot) read widely.
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My general advice would be to read a great deal and to know within yourself why certain books work well for you.
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My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven, but of course it is not as simple as that. Like most writers, I had to work at other things to earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings, often very late at night, for many years.
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New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about. It can sometimes lead to complications.
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Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary, but each level has its particular pleasures when it comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them.
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On the whole, the stories I write do not involve me in a great deal of research, since I am inventing the story and can set my own rules to a considerable extent. Still, one has to make anything one writes as convincing as possible, and there are times when research is essential.
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The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts, and they do take a different sort of concentration. However, a very short, simple story that works well is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book.
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The wall beside the door opening into the rest of the house is hung with a collection of masks from various parts of the world. Some of them are very strange. They watch me work, very seriously for the most part, though there is one mask, a Japanese mask, that has a slight smile.
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There are certainly times when my own everyday life seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over. That is why a writer often needs space and time, so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and "live" with the characters.
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There have been times when the act of writing (which is a way of living in the story) has actually changed the story.
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They are imaginary characters. But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination, since there are some aspects of the characters that relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people.
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Time seems to operate a little differently within these contained zones, and both heroes find themselves involved in a series of events that, while they are not fantasies, are still fantastic.
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When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me. When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing a member of my own family. I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss.
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When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared.
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When you are writing, of course, you have to do all that writing and correcting for yourself. When I was a librarian it was expected that I would know about a wide range of books.
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Writing for young children I find I often use particular jokes with words and exaggerated, funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex stories for older children too.
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Writing the story, I tried to make events that were confusing to Ellis clear to the reader and hoped that the two states would work together.
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