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" You mustn't fall in love with your own hero. "
" I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions. "
" I felt alienated by the experience and decided to stay away from corporate employment. "
" 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 think my books come out very visual, which is an obvious consequence. "
" It's always sad if anybody you know has a personal problem. "
" Most actors are small, anyway - at least compared to me. "
" The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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'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. "
" 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. "
" Yeah, I am pretty sure of myself. "
" I need a stimulating environment to write because my books are driven at 100 miles per hour at a time. "
" I've discovered writers by reading books left in airplane seats and weird hotels. "
" I have a kind of old-fashioned, artisan approach. "
" British crime stories tend to be very internal, psychological, claustrophobic, very limited in terms of geography. "
" For me the end of a book is just as exciting as it is for a reader. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 have three desks. One empty for paperwork, one for the internet and email, and one for the writing computer. "
" I grew up in Birmingham, where they made useful things and made them well. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" There is nothing wrong with just telling the story. "