When I was a boy, just old enough to be starting to date in a fumbling way, I complained something about girls. And my father said to me, 'Would you rather hunt leopards or would you rather hunt rabbits? Which is going to be more fun?' And I decided I'd rather hunt leopards.
When asked why the women in his books are obnoxious, and if his wife is an influence on them
So often in mainstream fiction there are no real value judgments. Mainstream literature is often the literature of depression for the depressed, written by the depressed and read by the depressed. My characters have a difficult time, they are aware that there is something called ‘good’ and ‘evil’ and they have to struggle to figure out which is which. Morality in mainstream fiction is an amorphous lump of grey.