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" 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. "
" 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. "
" It's always tense when you move a character from a book to the screen. Always tense. "
" There is nothing wrong with just telling the story. "
" 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. "
" All of us write wish fulfillment. "
" 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. "
" In principle if I could not have a home I wouldn't. But not having a home would be too difficult procedurally, going from hotel to hotel, the gap of three hours where you're hungry and tired. "
" The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end. "
" I grew up in Birmingham, where they made useful things and made them well. "
" I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions. "
" I just felt from personal observation that there is nothing more dislocated or alienated than a lifelong military person trying to cope in civilian life. It's like two completely separate planets. "
" I do a little fact checking now and then. Other than that its impact is simply that email has revolutionized communication for me, and my website has built up a community of readers, which is a lot of fun. "
" I've discovered writers by reading books left in airplane seats and weird hotels. "
" Practically any Western has a homesteader in trouble, and a mysterious rider shows up off the range, solves the problem over two or three days, and then rides off into the sunset. "
" 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.' "
" British crime stories tend to be very internal, psychological, claustrophobic, very limited in terms of geography. "
" For men, as they get bogged down with responsibilities, commitments, bureaucracy, it is a fantasy just to think of shedding everything literally, walking away with nothing at all, and just hitting the road. "
" 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. "
" The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure. "
" I think my books come out very visual, which is an obvious consequence. "
" Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it. "
" Male authors always take care to make their heroes at least one inch taller than they are, and considerably more muscular. Just as female authors give their heroines better hair and slimmer thighs. "
" 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 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. "
" The British regulatory system was revised, so that bigger profits were encouraged, which removed the option of big spending on programming. Quality just fell off a cliff, and all the old hands either left or were fired for being too expensive. "
" I have a kind of old-fashioned, artisan approach. "
" What do I miss about the UK? Sadly, almost nothing. Maybe the midnight sun, in June in the north. That's all. "
" I have three desks. One empty for paperwork, one for the internet and email, and one for the writing computer. "
" I was fired from my television job, simple as that. Well, downsized, really, a classic 1990s situation. "
" L.A. has a fantastic car scene and because the climate is so gentle, cars can last forever. "