” I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends. “


” My first novel was turned down by half a dozen publishers. And even after having published five or six books, I wasn’t making enough money to live on, and was beginning to think I’d have to give up the dream of being a full-time writer. “


” I used to think that: whenever I heard that someone had taken 10 years to write a novel, I’d think it must be a big, serious book. Now I think, ‘No – it took you one year to write, and nine years to sit around eating Kit Kats. “


” I’m interested in Scotland now and then, how it’s changed. I want to get the reader to think about that by thinking about something from the past. How has society changed, how has policing changed, have we changed philosophically, psychologically, culturally, spiritually? “


” A lot of writers, especially crime writers, have an image that we think we’re trying to keep up with. You’ve got to be seen as dark and slightly dangerous. But I’m not like that and I’ve realised that I don’t need to put that on. People will buy the books whether they see a photo of you dressed in black or not. “


” I don’t think I have one particular favourite writer. I have many whose works I will always buy or reread – Muriel Spark, Anthony Powell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ruth Rendell, James Ellroy, William McIlvanney, Kate Atkinson, John Burnside, Louise Welsh, Iain Banks. “


” I’m often asked how I write books, but I don’t think my approach is suitable for everyone. If I walked into a creative writing class, all I could say to them was ‘I tend to make it up as I go along.’ I’m not sure that’s brilliant advice. “


” At all times, think like a writer, and keep those antennae twitching – that way, you pick up new ideas. “



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I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We
My first novel was turned down by half a dozen publishers. And even after having published five or six books, I wasn


I used to think that: whenever I heard that someone had taken 10 years to write a novel, I
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A lot of writers, especially crime writers, have an image that we think we
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At all times, think like a writer, and keep those antennae twitching - that way, you pick up new ideas.
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