Tag Archives: Novelists

Paul Lussier

Paul Lussier

“The idea is that you love the character that you are following and that you have affection for that character and that you trust the narrator.”

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Tony Earley

Tony Earley

“You really can’t throw a rock in North Carolina without hitting a good writer.”

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Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen

“If I’m really low, if I’m not doing well in my own life, maybe I want to sit down and go somewhere else. Maybe I want to write about a ridiculous family reunion in Nebraska, to not be in whatever my present emotion is.”

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W.D. Wetherell

W.D. Wetherell

“If you stopped to think about the ironies, you wouldn’t get very far in any kind of media business in this day and age.”

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Richard Russo

Richard Russo

“People who live the kind of lives that I write about want escape from those lives. They don’t want to dwell imaginatively in the lives that they are living. They want their books to be set on Capri. And why the hell not!”

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Jim Crace

Jim Crace

“What always has interested me is the way that books are different from the writers. When I write a book I always look for that moment where the book abandons me and starts to express a view of its own.”

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James Ellroy

James Ellroy

“I never specifically answer what’s real and what’s not in my books. I think that my vision is true to the moral thrust and the psychological thrust of history.”

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Nicholson Baker

“Part of the reason a worthless book is worth retaining is that its worthlessness means something.”

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Anthony Giardina

Anthony Giardina

“I think there is something about the fixedness of male sexuality that is comforting to us. Or the alleged fixedness.”

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Julian Barnes, Etc.

Julian Barnes

“When we talk about a novel provoking emotions, we tend to think of the emotions that have to do with our own amatory life. I think that books can be emotionally exciting in many different ways.”

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Manil Suri

Manil Suri

“There’s a big emphasis in this country to look at your roots and have an identity. Which is good but not the way I feel. I just take it for granted.”

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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman

“So that’s the fine balance of a fiction writer…to be able to give your characters enough freedom to surprise you and yet still maintain some kind of artistic control. You are constantly balancing between those two opposing forces.”

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Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

“I feel it’s an incredibly high standard that you have to hold the short story to because there is no room for that really common, perfectly understandable difficulty.”

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Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III House of Sand and Fog cover

“Every semester I get writers who are much more gifted than I am — and more gifted than others — and you can see they have this natural ability. I’ve seen over the years that doesn’t make a whit of difference. You need something else.”

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