Zitat des Tages von Patrick O'Brian:
I've never set out to seduce my reader. I don't see him at all clearly.
I have never written for an audience. On the other hand I do not write merely to please myself.
In a day when, if you insulted a man it might cost you your life, you were probably more civil.
You can't be happy if you're not tolerably happy with yourself. The addition of friends adds immeasurably to life.
Take a newspaper account of Waterloo or Trafalgar, with all the small advertisements: it seems much more real than reading about it in a history book.
Since I grew up, I have never deliberately used any technique at all other than the physical shaping of my tale so that it more or less resembles what has been thought of as a novel for these last two hundred years.
About my books, that's all that I think the public has, in its normal way, to know. My private life is, by definition, private.
On a ship, everything is enclosed: the people are right on top of each other and can't get up and walk away.
Likings arise when one has no earthly reason for liking - the most wildly improbable marriages and uncommon friendship.
My wife and I have spent most of our lives in France, and we are both pretty well bilingual, my wife more purely than I, since as a little girl she went to school in French Switzerland.