“ALL GOOD BOOKS ARE ALIKE IN THAT THEY ARE TRUER THAN IF THEY HAD REALLY HAPPENED, AND AFTER YOU ARE FINISHED READING ONE YOU WILL FEEL THAT ALL THAT HAPPENED TO YOU, AND AFTERWARDS IT ALL BELONGS TO YOU: THE GOOD AND THE BAD, THE ECSTASY, THE REMORSE AND SORROW, THE PEOPLE AND THE PLACES AND HOW THE WEATHER WAS. IF YOU CAN GET SO THAT YOU CAN GIVE THAT TO PEOPLE, THEN YOU ARE A WRITER.”
A few months after the release of A Rumor Of Justice, a lady came up to me at a party and told me that she had read my book, and then she asked me, “I’m trying to remember…when did his happen?”
I replied that it didn’t happen. It’s fiction.
She wanted to argue with me. “No,” she insisted, “I remember reading about it in the newspaper.”
Rather than argue with her, I took this as a huge compliment.