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I think my prose reads as if English were my second language. By the time I get to the end of a paragraph, I'm dodging bullets and gasping for breath.

It's been a long time since I've written old-fashioned sword and sorcery; I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle.

It's possible to become so comfortable with one's style and structure that one ceases to grow.

My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.

No one uses a ribbon typewriter any more, but your final draft is not the time to try to wring a few more sheets out of your inkjet cartridge.

That bedrock faith that I could write was what blinded me to attempts to discourage me.

Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.

I'm always trolling for trivia.

I'm dense when it comes to discouragement.

If you write, one of the questions you're always trying to answer is, Where do you get your ideas? And, if you write, you know how pointless a question this is and how difficult it is to answer.

When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.

For me, writing a short story is much, much harder than writing a novel.

I write sets of books, but I've also written a lot of orphans.

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer. Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel and probably get it published.

I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th century novel and novels that really are short stories filled with a lot of helium.

It took me about 12 years to reach my million-word mark. The challenge now is to continue to challenge myself.

One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia.

The money can be decent, but I really don't recommend the work-for-hire route as an entry into publishing. Too many things can go wrong.

There is nothing that compares to an unexpected round of applause.