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Each new book is a tremendous challenge.

Peter Straub

I want to make discoveries, I want the book to evolve out of itself, because if I try to impose my own pattern on it I'll miss everything.

Peter Straub

My first real breakthrough collided with the last months of Callaghan's Labour government, which had every intention of enjoying my success as much as I did.

Peter Straub

Nobody is surprised that women writers accurately represent male characters over and over again, no doubt because everybody knows that women understand men much better than vice-versa.

Peter Straub

The actual Blue Rose murders, which lie at the core of the three novels, yield various incorrect solutions which assume the status of truth.

Peter Straub

Everyone wants to get better as they go along, but sometimes it's all you can do to stay consistent.

Peter Straub

Many fiction writers eventually want to feel that their work forms a single, unified entity.

Peter Straub

When, in the third book, we do learn the identity of the Blue Rose murderer, the information comes in a muted, nearly off-hand manner, and the man has died long before.

Peter Straub

Marriages was written at the rate of 500 words a day, without any sort of plan, outline or guidelines beyond the simple desire to write a novel.

Peter Straub

Fear and I were old buddies, despite my best efforts to the contrary.

Peter Straub

My father soon began taking me, then my brothers and me, to our local public library, which allowed a maximum withdrawal of six books at a time.

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Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy, in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority of any particular representation of the events in question.

Peter Straub

These days, there are a great many books about childhood trauma and its effects, but at the time all the experts agreed that one should forget about it as quickly as possible and pick up where you left off.

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I believe I encountered death, which was a bit too much for a seven-year-old.

Peter Straub

Moving forward seems like part of the job to me, at least in as much as it involves trying not to repeat yourself.

Peter Straub

There were a lot of adventure books for boys, historical novels by Kenneth Roberts, and whatever mystery novels the alarmed librarian imagined might not corrupt an eager but innocent youth.

Peter Straub

I write longer sentences than most of the others, maybe because I probably like Henry James more than they do.

Peter Straub

If I planned everything out in advance, I'd expire of boredom.

Peter Straub

I had a connoisseur's... appreciation of fear.

Peter Straub

On gym days, I don't get to my desk until 4 in the afternoon, and everything except bedtime and the appointment with the liquid narcotic is pushed back a bit.

Peter Straub

As soon as I started writing Julia, by which I mean while writing its first sentence, I felt a sudden, reassuring charge of excitement. I knew it was going to work.

Peter Straub

Dick Dart emerged from the ether during a flight from New York with my wife and children to Puerto Rico.

Peter Straub

An average working day begins at 8 or 9 am, includes an hour for lunch, and ends at 5 or 6 pm.

Peter Straub

However, I think I managed to reach a new level with Koko, and I will always be grateful for the experience.

Peter Straub

I generally wade in blind and trust to fate and instinct to see me through.

Peter Straub
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