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" It's good to stay as close to real life as you can, and then kind of dress it up. "
" I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday. "
" You have to go out of your way as a suspense novelist to find situations where the protagonists are somewhat helpless and in real danger. "
" We're all pilgrims on the same journey - but some pilgrims have better road maps. "
" I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting. "
" Chemical and biological attacks are scary and will kill a lot of people but don't rise to the level of nuclear. "
" There are a lot of books about the passing of the English aristocracy, but the vast majority of Long Islanders don't understand their own backyard. It's a private preserve. "
" Writing doesn't leave much time for hobbies, unless you consider that I began writing as a hobby and have made the hobby into a profession. "
" I read 'Time', 'Newsweek' and 'The Economist'. "
" The world has gotten smaller and more accessible since I first started writing in the 70's. "
" If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity. "
" I don't name sources. "
" I had a very strong desire to be successful at something. "
" G.I. humor is similar to cop humor. "
" Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. "
" I generally unwind by having dinner with close friends. "
" I thought to myself, what is everyone's worst fear? Nuclear terrorism in America. "
" I've always been fascinated by the Gold Coast. The homes themselves are spectacular, unlike anything you'll see other than in Newport, Bar Harbor or Palm Beach. It's a very special area that, because of local demographics, is not going to survive much longer. "
" Even the most radical Islamic terrorist would not want to see the revered holy city of Medina go up. It would be like losing the Vatican in Rome. "
" There are Mafia families that have bought magnificent houses on the North Shore, although not yet the great estates because they don't want that kind of high profile. "
" There is no terra incognito left. "