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I work very much on the principle that anything created by mankind has mischief and error hardwired into its inception. ---->>>

People who read my books have an open mind when it comes to new, bizarre, interesting and exciting ideas. ---->>>

My mind wanders terribly. I'm not wholly annoyed by my daydreaming as it has been immense use to me as regards imaginative thought, but it doesn't help when it comes to concentration. And writing needs concentration - lots of it. ---->>>

The fun one can have writing books about books is limitless, to be honest. ---->>>

I still feel threatened by academics, but my books have a lot of academic in-jokes and everybody assumes I went to university and studied English. ---->>>

There is a contract between the reader and the writer. The readers give me their hard-earned cash, and I have to entertain them. ---->>>

Class clowns become actors. ---->>>

I'm not of the opinion that the next logical step for a book is for it to be made into a film. ---->>>

It took me ten years and seven books to bag an agent - it took me that long to start writing good. ---->>>

If you give children the freedom to do very little, quite a lot will do very little. ---->>>

There is a certain degree of 'steampunkishness' that creeps into my books. ---->>>

I started writing because I wanted to write scripts, but I wasn't very good at it. Then I started writing short stories, sort of as treatments for the film scripts, and I found I enjoyed writing short stories far more than I enjoyed writing film scripts. Then the short stories got longer and longer and suddenly, I had novels. ---->>>

In the creative industries, there are few things more exciting than a zinger - a thought, idea, line, plot device - anything really, that just totally works in a fundamentally new and fresh way. It's like a uniquely lovely melody or a new taste idea in cooking. Something special, something new, something wonderful. They're also very rare. ---->>>

Our notions of self-determination are, on the whole, something of a myth. We are governed almost exclusively by our own peculiar habits, which makes those who rail against them that much more remarkable. ---->>>

Every book should have a romance. ---->>>

Agents and publishers only want one thing - good writing. ---->>>

I have a very varied taste in music. Everything from rap to classical to Latino to Rat Pack to jazz. ---->>>

Perhaps fantasy offers imaginative escapism more than other genres. ---->>>

So my humor, I'd say, comes from a mixture of lowbrow comedy shows and highbrow theater. It's an interesting mix. ---->>>

I hope that in my books there's an undertone of politics, basic tenets of how we should live. ---->>>

I just write books, and I do it without any notion of what I should do or shouldn't do. ---->>>

I'm not sure my books would translate into movies very easily. So rather than have someone do a terrible job, I haven't been willing to sell them. ---->>>

When I was about 10 or 11, I realised that people made movies; until then, I had thought they just happened. ---->>>

When you're an author, you're always two people. Jasper the writer is different from Jasper the person at home. ---->>>

Speak to any editor and ask them what they turned down, and they'll have long lists of books. ---->>>


Nationality: British
Born: 01-11, 1961
Occupation: Novelist

Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is a British novelist. Fforde's first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. Fforde is mainly known for his Thursday Next novels, although he has written two books in the loosely connected Nursery Crime series and has begun two more independent series, The Last Dragonslayer and Shades of Grey (wikipedia)