You have to go where the pain is, go where the pleasure is, and you can’t be afraid. And you have to write the book that you can’t find in the bookstore, the book that you really want to read. And you have to write a book that you yourself would love to read, and a book you want to live in, you want to be in. It has to be.
… I think that helps to focus. When you say that to yourself, I’m writing the book I want to write, the book I can’t find, the book that hasn’t been done yet the way that I would like to do it. And of course, we always have to remember that the world doesn’t want someone who sounds just like somebody else, they want an original voice. The world is always crying for original voices.