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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.
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.
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.
I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels. Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad.
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.
I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.
I think the U.K. is too small to write about from within it and still make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting.
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.
I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.
I knew there was a story; once you find a dog with a fork through it, you know there's a story there.
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.
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.
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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