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All writers are mimics, and I'm not interested in picking up somebody else's style or voice.
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And yes, I'm also traveling more, not only to promote DEAD AIM, but also on other public appearances. This is partly because I want to make up for not doing it in the past.
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Being an unpublished writer is like standing for years in front of a huge, impenetrable stone wall. When a doorway suddenly opened in the middle of it, I didn't hesitate and ask myself whether it was the right door, or the best door. I simply went through it, because it was the door.
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Being comfortable isn't the way to learn to expand your abilities.
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But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true: every character is the hero of his own story. Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him. It's fun to give these people voices.
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But I've always felt that a writer's biggest responsibility to his readers and to himself is to learn to be a better writer.
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Contrary to what many writers imply about the process, nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
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I didn't stop writing about Jane Whitefield because I was tired of her. I just knew that it was time to give her a break.
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I do have to earn a living, so I'm conscious of probable reactions from readers, but the most important one is still the awareness that if I'm not enjoying a story, the reader won't either.
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I do hope to bring Jane Whitefield back before too long.
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I do like to explore evil characters in my books.
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I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre.
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I do want to write about Jane Whitefield again, but only when I have a good enough idea - something I've figured out about her that's news and that's worth a reader's time.
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I don't consciously do anything to maintain a unique voice.
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I don't have dry seasons, because I don't allow them.
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I don't think the problem is that people don't read enough mystery books, but that people don't read.
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I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade, because I loved it.
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I held a variety of jobs - most notably ten years working in universities - and kept on writing.
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I still write for my own enjoyment.
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I think we did a great job of putting together a program that would have made good e-books available had people been buying e-books in any real numbers.
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I'm proud of Nightlife. Although it won't be published until March 2006, the first review just appeared in Publishers' Weekly, and it's very positive.
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I've never written about the really mentally ill killers, the barking mad Jeffrey Daumers and John Wayne Gacys of the world.
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If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something - a character sketch, a monologue, a description of some sight, or even just a list of ideas.
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If you'll think about various series you've read, can you think of any instance in which, say, the tenth volume of the series is notably better than the first nine? I can't.
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It was a lot of fun, and writing a series is comfortable. It's almost like having a secure job.
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It's important, I think, for a writer of fiction to maintain an awareness of the pace and shape of the book as he's writing it. That is, he should be making an object, not chattering.
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Most of my reading is nonfiction, and a lot of it is utilitarian, to find out about something I want to use in a story.
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Much of what we do in life has a huge component of luck.
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Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice, you begin to realize that some of the things you'd like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't, or couldn't, do.
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Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience.
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The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful. They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller. They're active, and most of the common virtues, the signs of a good person, are not.
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The women in DEAD AIM: I believe, and try to show in this novel, that men and women are very much affected by people they meet, and are often deflected - - taken on strange detours - - by meeting the wrong person.
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There are days when I intentionally don't write. For instance, I never write when I'm traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working.
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We also wrote episodes on a freelance basis for other shows, including 21 Jump Street at Cannell Productions and Star Trek: the Next Generation at Paramount.
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We stopped taking staff positions after our children were born, and have done no television work in the past few years.
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What I look for in any character, good or bad, is whether I can hear him speak. If I can imagine him that clearly, then I can write about him.
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What I usually write about is mild sociopaths, people who do evil things because they don't see any reason not to.
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When I write a book, I'm making it the best book I can.
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When producers make a film, their responsibility is to make the best film they can, not necessarily to faithfully reproduce my book.
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Yes, in my books I do edit myself to keep from becoming the Village Explainer.
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You have very accurately described the difficulty of presenting my books on film: many of my characters are alone most of the time, and when they do talk, what they say is mostly lies. That can make for a pretty confusing film.
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