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I really do work in solitude.
I love the tradition of di..ens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.
I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much.
I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for.
Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life.
Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.
Children have very sharp powers of observation - probably sharper than adults - yet at the same time their emotional reactions are murky and much more primitive.
Children - if you think back really what it was like to be a child and what it was like to know other children - children lie all the time.
Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know.
But it's for every writer to decide his own pace, and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
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