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‘Magpie-like I collect these tantalising fragments. They stay with me, glittering at the edges of consciousness until I pick one out intending to polish it until it gleams.’
‘As a writer I play as seriously as a child, and live more than once. Writing also lets me play with ideas, intellectual puzzles; I push them around like jigsaw pieces.’
‘He told me he had reached chapter five and had just killed off one of his characters. He didn’t know the reason for this, or who had done the deed.’