The suicide bomber's imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is simply blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people's lives.
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You'd have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain.
When I'm writing a book, sentence by sentence, I'm not thinking theoretically. I'm just trying to work out the story from inside the characters I've got.
Writers have been in terrible situations and have yet managed to produce extraordinary work.