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All adult writers do that: be both reader and writer at the same time.
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As a kid, I didn't read a great deal of fiction, and I've forgotten most of what I did read.
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At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.
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B is for bestseller.
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Bore children, and they stop reading. There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene.
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Children simply don't make the distinction; a book is either good or bad. And some of the books they think are good are very, very bad indeed.
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Disability crops up here and there in my work. I wrote a radio play for BBC Radio 4 in the U.K. about two brothers, one of whom has Down's Syndrome.
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Eighteen or 20 years ago, autism wasn't a term that was even used much at the time.
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Every life is narrow. Our only escape is not to run away, but to learn to love the people we are and the world in which we find ourselves.
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For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people.
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From a good book, I want to be taken to the very edge. I want a glimpse into that outer darkness.
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Genre fiction says, Forget the gas bill. Forget office politics. Pretend you're a spy, a courtesan. Literary fiction says, You're stuck with who you are.
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Here is a fiction about a character who says he can only tell the truth, he can't tell lies-but he gets everything wrong.
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I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them.
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I better make the plot good. I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and have a big turning point in the middle, as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.
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I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
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I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.
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I felt a great sense of freedom with this book because I felt like I was writing it for me.
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I just wanted a good image on that first page.
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I knew there was a story; once you find a dog with a fork through it, you know there's a story there.
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I realize that some of the people I worked with had autism.
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I really thought to myself, Who is going to want to read about a 15-year-old kid with a disability living in Swindon with his father?
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I received very good advice from various people, my publishers and agents. I'm glad to say that I'm about 10,000 words into another novel.
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I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.
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I think most writers feel like they're on the outside looking in much of the time. All of us feel, to a certain extent, alienated from the stuff going on around us.
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I think the U.K. is too small to write about from within it and still make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting.
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I understand why, when people are marketing a book, they want to give it a hook, but I like the idea of another version coming out with no labels on it whatsoever.
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I wanted the whole book to be in Christopher's voice, but the paradox is that if Christopher were real he would find it very hard to write a book.
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I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.
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I'd spent a lot of effort trying to move away from writing for children. Here I thought, Maybe I'm about to slip back inside the ghetto again.
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I've been reading contemporary American fiction almost exclusively.
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I've received a steady trickle of letters. Most are from readers telling me how much they've enjoyed this or that book of mine, which always gives me a glow for the rest of the day.
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I've recently returned from a publicity tour of Italy. You get asked different questions in Italy.
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I've worked in television long enough to know that when you stop enjoying that type of thing you go home and do something else.
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I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels. Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad.
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If kids like a picture book, they're going to read it at least 50 times. Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections start to feel like gravel in the bed.
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If one book's done this well, you want to write another one that does just as well. There's that horror of the second novel that doesn't match up.
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If you enjoy math and you write novels, it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel. I leapt at the chance.
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Is there any other period in your life when you hate your best friend on Monday and love them again on Tuesday? But at 8, you don't realise you're going to die. There is always the possibility of escape.
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It's a book about books, about what you can do with words and what it means to communicate with someone in a book.
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Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives. We forget this because we've seen too many of her books on screen.
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Many children's writers don't have children of their own.
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Most adults, unlike most children, understand the difference between a book that will hold them spellbound for a rainy Sunday afternoon and a book that will put them in touch with a part of themselves they didn't even know existed.
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Most of my work consisted of crossing out. Crossing out was the secret of all good writing.
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My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it.
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No one wants to know how clever you are. They don't want an insight into your mind, thrilling as it might be. They want an insight into their own.
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Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.
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Science and literature give me answers. And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer.
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That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary.
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The one thing you have to do if you write a book is put yourself in someone else's shoes. The reader's shoes. You've got to entertain them.
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There's something with the physical size of America... American writers can write about America and it can still feel like a foreign country.
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Use your imagination, and you'll see that even the most narrow, humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care.
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We got a very good adult publisher and a good children's publisher that wanted to publish a parallel edition. It's the same book in a slightly different cover.
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We have these limited strategies we desperately use to try to put our lives back in order.
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When I was writing for children, I was writing genre fiction. It was like making a good chair. It needed four legs of the same length, it had to be the right height and it had to be comfortable.
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Writing for children is bloody difficult; books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts, and they should therefore be accorded the same respect.
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Young readers have to be entertained. No child reads fiction because they think it's going to make them a better person.
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