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I lived in New York for 10 years, and every New Yorker sees a shrink.
I think the bravest thing to write about is nothing, just to write a book in which nothing happens.
I'm not sure I can write about America for the same reason I'm not sure I can write about adults - I have no critical distance on either place.
I, a late riser, fantasise about getting up every morning at 5 A.M. to fetch the horses in from the fields.
In the odd moment when I am not thinking about horses, I write books.
Life doesn't go on forever, and you don't want to drop dead without ever having done what you wanted to do.
Life is absolutely horrific, leading up to absolute horror.
Although I've lived in England for more than twenty years, I still have a foreigner's passion for all the details of English history and rural life.
I always think plot is what you fall back on if you can't write, to keep things going.
I have never written out of a desire to be controversial.
The more you live, the better writer you are.
I can actually trace the moment I decided I couldn't be a doctor. It was in biology, they brought in these African crickets and we were supposed to dissect them - but there's no way I was touching those bugs.
I'm constantly snatching my books out of the hands of precocious ten-year-olds who are simply too young to read them, despite parents insisting that dear Octavia has a reading age of 28. I remember trying to read 'In Cold Blood' at the age of twelve, and realising that just because you can read book doesn't mean you should.
It's hard recommending books for kids, and a huge responsibility. If you get it wrong, they don't tell you they hate that particular book, they tell you they hate reading.
Like many other people of my generation, I don't think I ever really bothered to grow up. I wasn't ever really a proper teenager until I was about 19, and maybe I got a bit stuck there, because it seemed to go on and on.
Nowadays, I only review books I really like. It's cowardly, I know, but I figure it's not my job to make people unhappy. I'll leave that to the professionals.
One of the more interesting things I've learnt since becoming a writer is that if you like the book, you'll generally like the person. It doesn't always work in reverse - there are huge numbers of lovely people out there writing not very good books.
People talk about writing convincing teenagers like it's a really clever thing to do, but it comes incredibly naturally to me. Which, of course, is slightly a worry.
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