On lessons learned

‘Most of my classmates hated Observations (so boring!) but I loved them. I loved the discipline: the accumulation of detail and the curious heady pleasure of finding exactly the right word, the only word that would fit, like a key in a lock.’ More on Bookanista

On fear and fiction

‘Children ask, occasionally, but I don’t think an adult ever has. What do you see with that eye – the bad one? I say: well, you know when you go into a very dark room and shut the door and close your eyes? That. That’s what I see.

More in the Guardian Review

On the writing of Her

‘And then when the drugs, incredibly, worked (they don’t always), when the text started re-appearing on the page, I felt a strong desire to get writing, partly because I knew I didn’t have endless time, and partly because I wanted to lose myself in another story. I needed to get out of my head, with its rather grim and sad preoccupations, and try out someone else’s for a change.’

More on the W&N blog here