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The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.
She worded it a bit strongly, but I do find myself more and more struck by the differences between the sexes. To put it another way: All marriages are mixed marriages.
People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have.
Not until the final draft do I force myself to remember that I'm going to have to think about how it will affect other people.
None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work. However, the stages of my life - motherhood, middle age, etc. - often influence my subject matter.
My writing day has grown shorter as I've aged, although it seems to produce the same number of pages.
My stories are never quite good enough.
My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy.
My decision to start a new one is just that, a decision, since I never get inspirations.
It's true that it's a solitary occupation, but you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.
It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life, and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away.
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