That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one. We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist might training for an orchestra.
I think this is a very important thing to understand about Christianity. It was from its very beginnings, it seems, a religion of great quarrels and wars, and it wooed the power of temporal authorities, and made them part of itself in the hope of resolving through sheer force its many arguments.
I claim Dickens as a mentor. He's my teacher. He's one of my driving forces.
What is written beneath this heavy handsome book cover will count, so sayeth this cover...
An intoxication with forbidden knowledge in which the natural things become unimportant.
I know nothing of God or the Devil. I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that would damn or save my soul.