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‘First I get the central character. Then two ideas I thought were completely separate suddenly collide, revealing themselves to be part of the same story.’
‘ I imagine The Rolling Stones worrying about disturbing the neighbours or Jackson Pollock fretting about spilling paint on his studio floor.’