I never abandoned either forms or freedom. I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book. I got through that fairly early.
My father, whose hobby was collecting secondhand cricket books, came back from a book fair one day with a copy of ‘The Body In The Library.’
I loved to read, but I always thought that the dream was too far away. The person who had written the book was a god, it wasn’t a person.
Writers are frequently asked why they wrote their first book. A more interesting answer might come from asking them why they wrote their second one.
Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I was suggesting that there are other passions as great as or more important than the passion of sex.
There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you’re working a few hours a day and you’ve got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you’re okay.
Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.
We don’t have to think up a title till we get the doggone book written.