"In common with many obsessive writers, I keep a notebook in every bag and in every room. Sitting on the park bench, waiting for my dog to finish his sniff around, I write about what I see and hear and feel. I make notes about the characters who pass me. And, lying in bed each night, I regularly switch on the lamp to make notes on the ideas that visit my reluctantly settling brain"
"The greatest pleasure in life is just after you've finished a piece of writing and you allow yourself to feel happy with it. But that's only a few seconds before you realise how much time it will take to edit the thing!"