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"Some writers research in order to write. I write in order to research topics that interest me. Especially if I can meet with other people, in forums from illness support groups to phone-sex hotlines, and learn what other people know best. Every character (really, person) sees the world through a framework of education and experience that they're proud experts about."
"The modern world is very ugly… and the pop culture is so mind-numbingly
dumb that you have to make a conscious effort to shut it out. That’s why
I’m considered a “nostalgia guy.” I just like things from
the past better."
"I'm about as nonviolent and nerdy a guy as you could find. But like
a lot of people of my generation who grew up watching violent movies, I have
an incredibly violent imagination. So it kind of alarmed me. That, and the end
of The Wild Colonial Boy
, where I had somebody plants a bomb in an art
museum and then had the bomb go off. After I wrote that scene, I was shaking."
"I must admit that
there seems to be a theme of angry women running through a lot of the stories.
And angry little girls. I suspect that if I ever let my inner child out to play,
dreadful things would happen."