"I want it to be compulsive reading. So on every page, every paragraph, every sentence, every word, I ask myself, 'Is this compelling? Is this gripping? Is this moving the story forward?' And if it's not, I have to find a way to change it... No word should be wasted."
"That's what a good crime novelist - any good novelist - should do with you; play with your perceptions while showing you everything in plain sight."
"...the actual process [of writing], the day-to-day suffering, the day-to-day self-doubt, the day-to-day self-hatred, that's pretty much always the same."
"None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won't work."
"You can't get lost in your own genius, which is a dangerous place for writers. You don't want to ever get complacent."
"You have a choice: You can either hate yourself, or you can write."