Zitat des Tages von John Sandford:
They don't have a lot of crime in the countryside other than theft. But every once in a while, things turn ugly, and when they turn ugly, they turn very ugly.
Women just make interesting characters, especially when you're working against cliches.
When you're writing two books a year, you really need some time off and don't want to use that down time for touring. I do like talking with readers, though; they can tell you important stuff.
I'm an outdoors kind of guy.
As a journalist, I interviewed people, and you begin to feel different rhythms in speech, and you can use those things to help carve out a character.
I fear becoming formulaic. Some of my books are.
A lot of journalists are talented enough to write a mystery novel, and I would say that most of the top-end mystery writers actually started out as reporters. But there is more to it than just the writing; there's a learning process, and most journalists aren't willing to do it.
Well, I am becoming doddering and old but I have - I'm writing two books a year now. It's like 220,000 words or something like finished, and, honest to God, I can't do that. I really do need the help of, you know, other people working with me.
It's interesting how people are sensitive to language and how it works.
Things fall apart and happen out of stupidity and carelessness.
I'm somewhat depressive.
Most people like a little sex in their novels.
Books set in Brooklyn and L.A. are often about people who are rootless, who want to go somewhere else. In the Midwest, though, the stories are about people who want to stay where they are - who like where they are.
There's something about marriage that is not as intensely romantic or interesting as a couple's first meeting.
Working for the 'Miami Herald' in 1972, I covered street action for both the Republican and Democratic national conventions in Miami and saw probably the most violent conventions ever - more violent than even 1968 in Chicago.
If you do outline, you have to be aware of the problems that that kind of thing can cause.
I spend a lot of time wandering around the countryside just looking at people, seeing how everything fits together.
Before the Internet became so powerful, I toured extensively. With the rise of the Internet, touring apparently has become less important.