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All Quotes by author - Ken Follett
" An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly. So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit. "
" A very good editor is almost a collaborator. "
" Be a perfectionist. "
" Culture clash is terrific drama. "
" For success, the author must make the reader care about the destiny of the principals, and sustain this anxiety, or suspense, for about 100,000 words. "
" I don't think there's any great mystery to writing female characters, so long as you talk to them. If you lived in a monastery and never met any women, maybe it would be difficult. "
" I enjoy learning technical details. "
" In my books, women often solve the problem. Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character. She does change the plot. She'll often rescue the male character from some situation. "
" I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork, all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling, waiting for people to call back. "
" James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing. There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond. "
" Most of my stories have some basis in fact. "
" Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers. "
" My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era. "
" One of the hardest things for me, now that I'm famous, is finding people who can read my stuff and give me an honest critique. "
" People are much more complicated in real life, but my characters are as subtle and nuanced as I can make them. But if you say my characters are too black and white, you've missed the point. Villains are meant to be black-hearted in popular novels. If you say I have a grey-hearted villain, then I've failed. "
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" The CIA's research program is described in a book called The Search for the Manchurian Candidate. "
" There is a real connection between Philosopy and fiction. "
" There is no point in asking a man a question until you have established whether he has any reason to lie to you. "
" The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying. "
" The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century. "
" Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative. "
" We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next, whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long passages of undramatic summary. "
" When I'm writing a woman character, I don't think, 'What would a woman do?' I just think, 'What would this character do in this situation?' "
" With hindsight, we see that the Soviet Union never had a chance of world domination, but we didn't know that then. "
" Without books I would not have become a vivacious reader, and if you are not a reader you are not a writer. "
" World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years. "
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