Anne Tyler

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    And I am interested in the fact that class is very much a factor in America, even though it's not supposed to be.
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    At most I'll spend three or four hours daily, sometimes less.
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    But what I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer.
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    Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
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    For me, writing something down was the only road out.
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    For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift, surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood.
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    I can never tell ahead of time which book will give me trouble - some balk every step of the way, others seem to write themselves - but certainly the mechanics of writing, finding the time and the psychic space, are easier now that my children are grown.
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    I consciously try to end my novels at a point where I won't have to wonder about my characters ever again.
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    I didn't really choose to write; I more or less fell into it.
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    I do write long, long character notes - family background, history, details of appearance - much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage.
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    I don't want to say I hear voices; well, actually I do hear voices, but I don't think it's supernatural. I think it's just that when characters are given enough texture and backbone, then lo and behold, they stand on their own.
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    I expect that any day now, I will have said all I have to say; I'll have used up all my characters, and then I'll be free to get on with my real life.
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    I forget a book as soon as I finish writing it, which is not always a good thing.
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    I just want to be told a story, and I want to believe I'm living that story, and I don't give a thought to influences or method or any other writerly concerns.
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    I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.
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