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- I can't blame any human being from staring into the abyss and coming away despondent. The real question is: How do you react? What do you do next? Evade responsibilities? Bury yourself in work? What do you do? All of my novels take up that question, although none gives an answer.
- I'm interested in themes that endure from generation to generation... Every culture is sustained by certain central myths. At its heart, fiction's role is to see these... myths are sustained.
- It doesn't matter who you are, how many awards you've won, how popular you are, or how much critical acclaim you've had. When it comes time to sit down and write the next book, you're deathly afraid that you're not up to the task.