Sometimes I think I might not have written ‘The Age of Miracles’ if I hadn’t grown up in California if I hadn’t been exposed to its very particular blend of beauty and disaster of danger and denial.
I like to edit my sentences as I write them. I rearrange a sentence many times before moving on to the next one. For me that editing process feels like a form of play like a puzzle that needs solving and it’s one of the most satisfying parts of writing.
I can write all the way through the morning when my mind is clear and there are no distractions.
End-of-the-world stories tend to ring true. I’ve always been drawn to them but as I wrote my own I found surprising pleasure in creating a world that is so radically changed yet where there’s so much meaning and value in every small and ordinary thing we have and take for granted: hot showers enough food friends routines.
As an editor I read Charlotte Rogan’s amazing debut novel ‘The Lifeboat’ when it was still in manuscript. I read it in one night and I really wanted my company to publish it but we lost it to another house. It’s such a wonderful combination of beautiful writing and suspenseful storytelling.
I feel like writing a book there’s always a version in your head that’s an amazing version but then you write the version that you can write.
I left my job in the fall and now I can set my life up around writing instead of squeezing writing into my day it’s amazing to have that time and I feel very lucky.
Our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination… a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there’s still time to influence how that future will play out.