There are very few well-adjusted people in my books. But I do think that’s normal. Because everyone does have their issues and hang-ups.
I never write about CIA conspiracies or the FBI or mafia or anything like that because I just don’t understand that world. But I think I do understand individual human harmfulness.
My characters all have issues, but I don’t see that as weird or abnormal because I think in real life there are very few bland, normal people.
I always notice the dysfunctional dynamic of human relationships because most places where you encounter it, people are trying to pretend it isn’t happening.
Reading is the only area of my life in which I prefer to be non-autonomous.
I was working as a secretary in Manchester and thought I would always do that. Then I got this letter offering me a two-year fellowship where I could write; they would pay me a salary and give me a flat to live in. It was heaven.
If we knew more about psychology, we would be better equipped to deal with other people’s psychological damage which they might project onto us.