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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.

I'm always trolling for trivia.

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.

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

During the many centuries that magic, here on this planet, was presumed to have worked, there were at least as many theories as to how magic worked as there were cultures and religions.

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

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

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.

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.

I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas which I've never been able to sell. I'm known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre.

Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one, then their futures are ensured.

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

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.

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

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.