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Born: 1959-08-27
Profession: Novelist
Nation: British
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Creative work is incredibly difficult, and that is where the tests lie.

Tags: Creative, Lie, Work

I am not interested in genres. I am interested in doing the best work I can in whatever medium.

Tags: Best, Whatever, Work

I don't believe in happy endings.

Tags: Endings, Happy

I don't read reviews because by then it's too late - whatever anyone says, the book won't change. It is written.

Tags: Book, Change, Whatever

I don't understand why people talk of art as a luxury when it's a mind-altering possibility.

Tags: Art, Understand, Why

I don't write for any group. I write to bring about a change in consciousness.

Tags: Change, Group, Write

I had relationships with men as well as women. I wasn't choosing; I didn't think I had to.

Tags: Choosing, Men, Women

I hated historical novels with fluttering cloaks.

Tags: Hated, Historical, Novels

I like to think the price I paid by being open about my private life helped.

Tags: Life, Open, Private

I never cared about money.

Tags: Cared, Money

I never wanted children. If I'd been deeply in love with a man and he'd wanted children, it would have been difficult.

Tags: Children, Difficult, Love

I think heterosexuality and homosexuality are a kind of psychosis, and the truth is somewhere in the middle.

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I think people deceive themselves about themselves, particularly as they get older.

Tags: Deceive, Older, Themselves

I think we still believe that ambition is for boys.

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I wanted to cause trouble, but I know now it stays with you.

Tags: Cause, Trouble, Wanted

I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character. And I did, and it has caused a great deal of confusion.

Tags: Character, Confusion, Great

I wanted to write a new fable and see how many rules you could break.

Tags: Rules, Wanted, Write

If we make anything that lasts, it outlives us.

Tags: Lasts

If you continually write and read yourself as a fiction, you can change what's crushing you.

Tags: Change, Write, Yourself

In my subconscious, my books were part of a single emotional journey.

Tags: Books, Emotional, Single

It is helpful for a woman artist not to have a husband.

Tags: Artist, Husband, Woman

Life gives you enough hard knocks so it's unlikely you'll stay that sure of yourself.

Tags: Hard, Life, Yourself

London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.

Tags: Everybody, Place, Small

Many people feel their outer self isn't the whole self.

Tags: Outer, Self, Whole

My books always begin with a sentence and an image - not necessarily connected.

Tags: Begin, Books, Image

My characters are always on the outside; the spotlight's not on them. But they do get somewhere.

Tags: Characters, Outside, Somewhere

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Nobody knows anything about Shakespeare the person. It's all legend, it is all rumor.

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One room is always enough for one person. Two rooms is not enough for two people. That is one of the conundrums in life.

Tags: Enough, Life, Room

Quest is at the heart of what I do-the holy grail, and the terror that you'll never find it, seemed a perfect metaphor for life.

Tags: Heart, Life, Perfect

The work that lasts over time is the work which still speaks to us when all contemporary interest in that work is extinct.

Tags: Interest, Time, Work

To create a past that seemed authentic but would be a fiction, you need an invented language.

Tags: Create, Language, Past

We shall all die, and our lives will be irrelevant then.

Tags: Die, Lives, Shall

What's invisible to us is also crucial for our own well-being.

Tags: Crucial, Invisible

Whatever is powerful to you can be translated into something which will matter to somebody that you will never know.

Tags: Matter, Powerful, Whatever

When it is time to get to work, I go away completely and don't do anything except the work. And that can be 16 hours a day.

Tags: Away, Time, Work

With animal behavior, they're all fine until you introduce some rogue element into the cage, and then they go crazy.

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You play. You win. You play. You lose. You play.

Tags: Lose, Win

However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience.

Tags: Experience, Focus, Love

They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?

Tags: Off, True, Wonder

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.

Tags: Art, Depression, Place

Your weak point is the open, vulnerable place where you can always be hurt. Love, in all its aspects, opens the self so fully.

Tags: Hurt, Love, Self

Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening.

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I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write.

Tags: Lesbian, Love, Women

You never give away your heart; you lend it from time to time. If it were not so, how could we take it back without asking?

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I believe in communication; books communicate ideas and make bridges between people.

Tags: Between, Books, Communication

I live alone, with cats, books, pictures, fresh vegetables to cook, the garden, the hens to feed.

Tags: Alone, Books, Pet

Writers have to have a knack for listening. I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create.

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What you risk reveals what you value.

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I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing; its only purpose is to inflame.

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The curious are always in some danger. If you are curious you might never come home.

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I didn't mind being unpopular at school, because everyone else was a heathen.

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Confidence and superiority: It's the usual fundamentalist stuff: I've got the truth, and you haven't.

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I like to look at how people work together when they are put into stressful situations, when life stops being cozy.

Tags: Life, Together, Work

I think it would be very foolish not to take the irrational seriously.

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My friends and the people who are close to me know what I am. And that is enough.

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Naked is the best disguise.

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Ordinary professionalism and 20 years' experience can accomplish a lot, but it can't access the hidden places.

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There are so many separate selves; no one who writes creatively hasn't felt that.

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To me, life, for all its privations, is a luminous thing. You have to risk it.

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Whether you want to call it God or the mystery of the cosmos doesn't matter to me.

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Academics love to make theories about a body of work, but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.

Tags: Book, Love, Work

Always in my books, I like to throw that rogue element into a stable situation and then see what happens.

Tags: Books, Happens, Situation

Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement.

Tags: Excitement, Freedom, Marriage