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Plotting is difficult for me, and always has been. I do that before I actually start writing, but I always do characters, and the arc of the story, first... You can't do anything without a story arc. Where is it going to begin, where will it end. ---->>>

I wish that I had known back then that a mastery of process would lead to a product. Then I probably wouldn't have found it so frightening to write. ---->>>

I have to know the killer, the victim and the motive when I begin. Then I start to create the characters and see how the novel takes shape based on what these people are like. ---->>>

Oh, yes, I taught 13 and a half years. I taught English, first at a Catholic school and then at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. ---->>>

The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey Island, is extremely suited to be a location in a novel. ---->>>

Art can't be taught; passion can't be taught; discipline can't be taught; but craft can be taught. And writing is both an art and a craft. ---->>>

I taught English, first at a Catholic school and then at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. ---->>>

I write the kinds of novels I like to read, where the setting is rendered with love and care. ---->>>

What we are is what we were always meant to be, and that's writers. ---->>>

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters. ---->>>

I attempt to write a good novel. Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages, not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe. ---->>>

Lots of people want to have written; they don't want to write. In other words, they want to see their name on the front cover of a book and their grinning picture on the back. But this is what comes at the end of a job, not at the beginning. ---->>>

The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective's personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character. ---->>>

Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps. ---->>>

It is the job of the novelist to touch the reader. ---->>>

Having a facility for language is an important part of being an author. ---->>>

I knew from the age of seven that I was meant to be a writer. ---->>>

I myself have suffered periodically from hearing voices at night when I'm trying to sleep. ---->>>

I don't think anyone could write about another culture and get it 100 percent accurate. ---->>>

Creating the characters is the most creative part of the novel except for the language itself. There I am, sitting in front of my computer in right-brain mode, typing the things that come to mind - which become the seeds of plot. It's scary, though, because I always wonder: Is it going to be there this time? ---->>>

I find it both fascinating and disconcerting when I discover yet another person who believes that writing can't be taught. Frankly, I don't understand this point of view. ---->>>

I really liked the idea of creating a journal myself. It's like the way I clear my throat. I write a page every day, maybe 500 words. It could be about something I'm specifically worried about in the new novel; it could be a question I want answered; it could be something that's going on in my personal life. I just use it as an exercise. ---->>>

I try to create a challenge for myself in each book. And sometimes, believe me, I just kick myself afterwards, and say, 'Why on earth did you ever attempt this, you idiot!' But I'm always better for the experience. ---->>>

I'm interested in the dark side of man. I'm interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity, not in their happiness. ---->>>

The one author who has influenced my writing the most is the English writer John Fowles, who wrote 'The French Lieutenant's Woman,' 'The Magus,' 'The Collector,' and other novels. None of his books is like any other. He continually challenges himself artistically. Some things work; some things don't work. I have tremendous respect for that. ---->>>

When I start a book, I write a minimum of five pages every day, except weekends. If I'm going on a ski trip, I take my computer with me, get up at six, do my five pages, and then go skiing. ---->>>

While I've written in the POV (point of view) of adolescent characters before... I never have had to create novels in which those characters not only drive the plot, but also are instrumental in resolving whatever issue the plot deals with. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 02-26, 1949
Occupation: Author

Susan Elizabeth George (born February 26, 1949) is an American writer of mystery novels set in Great Britain. She is best known for a series of novels featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley, 19 in number as of 2015. The first eleven were adapted for television by the BBC as earlier episodes of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (wikipedia)