Research, for me, it’s trying to get a mood, a mood of a place and style of people and it’s also trying to boost my confidence and get the adrenalin flowing. I go off on my trips to odd places and dark corners, feeling somewhat apprehensive and nervous.
I’m not a journalist any more. I don’t have to stick a microphone up somebody’s nostril and I don’t have a camera lens behind my shoulder, I think people talk to me in a much franker way.
We all hope that TV will bring something added to the book – not just an audience – it will bring an interpretation and skills that you may not have as a writer.
I don’t tend to redraft, I will try to tidy it up, but basically I feel what I write down first has got the impetus, it may be clumsy, it may be repetitive, but a good editor can take that out. That first writing bit is the best thing you will do.
Very rarely does anyone say that the TV is better than the book.
I usually am accused of having a crystal ball into which I can gaze and look into the future.
The desire to succeed has a lot less compulsion than the fear of failure.
I am one of the world’s dreadful technophobes. I was on the internet, but it’s broken down and I’ve unplugged it.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter