If you are going to write, nothing will stop you, and if you are not going to write, nothing will make you.
Everything I have ever written has been in the same chair, in the same room.
My great-grandfather was a self-taught man, and his library was extraordinary. I read the lot.
My mother read nursery rhymes to me, and my grandmother told me folk stories, but as a child I had no interest in writing whatsoever.
As far as the world was concerned, from 1979 to 1996, I didn't publish any original material; it just wasn't there.
The thing that I was brought up to prize above everything else is the intellect. There is no problem that the intellect cannot solve, but it never had an original thought. Originality is the realm of the unconscious.