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" A calm environment is for after I finish work. "
" You mustn't fall in love with your own hero. "
" My mother still calls me Jim and that is about it. Everyone else calls me Lee. My wife calls me whatever. "
" I have the 'thing' worked out - the trick or the surprise or the pivotal fact. Then I just start somewhere and let the story work itself out. "
" I had been coming to America very frequently for many, many years, so I had plenty of exposure - and maybe the best kind of exposure, because I think first impressions are very important. Maybe I notice stuff that is just subliminal to people who live here all the time. "
" There is nothing wrong with just telling the story. "
" All of us write wish fulfillment. "
" British crime stories tend to be very internal, psychological, claustrophobic, very limited in terms of geography. "
" I love visiting LA. It's an endlessly fascinating city, and is, of course, America's entertainment capital. Each time I go, I fall in love with it all over again. That said, it's not the sort of place I'd want to live. "
" We know we need civilization and laws and procedures, but isn't it frustrating? Wouldn't it be great if we could just do what we needed to do? "
" What do I miss about the UK? Sadly, almost nothing. Maybe the midnight sun, in June in the north. That's all. "
" I write in the afternoon, from about 12 until 6 or 7. I use an upstairs room as my office. Once I get going I keep at it, and it usually takes about six months from the first blank screen until 'The End.' "
" I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions. "
" I don't know what the secret is when I am writing it - it really is a surprise to me. "
" I'm not really into gourmet food; I'm the kind of guy who just stops by a place that looks good rather than heading for the restaurant of the moment. "
" I'd been a thriller reader all my life. "
" It's a tough case and the first time Reacher needs to recruit somebody to help him out. He uses a woman he knew in the army she's a fascinating character. "
" The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure. "
" So long as readers keep reading and my publishers keep publishing, I plan to keep on writing. I'd have to be an idiot to be burnt-out in this job. "
" It's always tense when you move a character from a book to the screen. Always tense. "
" L.A. has a fantastic car scene and because the climate is so gentle, cars can last forever. "
" I wanted readers to be genuinely unsure as to whether she's telling the truth or lying. It meant making her partly sympathetic, and partly unsympathetic, which wasn't easy. "
" I don't need validation, recognition or praise. What I need are facts and the facts are that one of my books gets sold, somewhere in the world, every second. "
" You know, women are as promiscuous as men and yet, of course, people are inhibited from having an affair or a relationship because the real-world consequences are a drag. "
" I have a kind of old-fashioned, artisan approach. "
" Yeah, I am pretty sure of myself. "
" So, how to stay inside the world of entertainment without actually getting another job? I felt the only logical answer was to become a novelist. So I wrote the first book - driven by some very real feelings of desperation - and it worked. "
" I need a stimulating environment to write because my books are driven at 100 miles per hour at a time. "
" We would all love to walk up to someone and shoot them in the head, there's no doubt about that. We're too civilised to admit it, but we're happy to read about it. "
" I have three desks. One empty for paperwork, one for the internet and email, and one for the writing computer. "
" She's a reflection of my fascination with the diversity of America she's totally normal in New York, but a freak in Texas. There are dozens of such clashes in America. "