We don't need to dumb down our stuff. And it's important to know how far we can push readers.
What I have found is that, in a family business structure, sometimes what is needed is a sense of discipline rather than creativity. You have to take everyone's ideas and make it work. When you are dealing with money, there is a limitation on how creative you can be.
What I would not like is to be ignored. I write from the heart. I don't write for me. I write for my readers.
What is divine? It is simply that which man has not been able to understand. Once you do, it loses its divinity.
When I wrote 'The Rozabal Line,' I had no preconceived notions of what a commercial bestseller should be. I have always viewed 'The Rozabal Line' as my first love and probably my best work. The fact, however, is that it is my least read work.
When working on a period, it is the finer details that evoke imagery that helps in cinematic adaptations.
While growing up, I always had to depend on foreign authors for page-turners. I think of myself as a commercial writer, and my job is simple to entertain you.
Writing helps me create a different world that I can escape to.
Writing is a intensely personal activity. I can pen down my best thoughts when I'm alone. But when one is elevated into the stature of an author, you have to think about your books in terms of their business angle.
Writing is incidental to my primary objective, which is spinning a good yarn. I view myself as a storyteller more than a writer. The story - and hence the extensive research that goes into each one of my books - is much more important than the words that I use to narrate it.
Writing was my route to creative expression, and I needed to write about the things that interested me.
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January 25, 1969
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