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Ken Follett
June 5, 1949 -
Nationality: Welsh
Category: Author
Subcategory: Welsh Author

Be a perfectionist.


Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.


It was the most romantic plane ever made.


Most of my stories have some basis in fact.


The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying.


A very good editor is almost a collaborator.


Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books; the women characters often rather decorative.


There was a very serious communist strain among American intellectuals before the war. America was a more tolerant place in those days, and Communists were not treated as pariahs. That ended with the McCarthy era.


I enjoy learning technical details.


With hindsight, we see that the Soviet Union never had a chance of world domination, but we didn't know that then.


The CIA's research program is described in a book called The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.


Culture clash is terrific drama.


We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next, whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long passages of undramatic summary.


I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork, all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling, waiting for people to call back.


An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly. So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.


World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years.


I don't think there's any great mystery to writing female characters, so long as you talk to them. If you lived in a monastery and never met any women, maybe it would be difficult.


The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.


When I'm writing a woman character, I don't think, 'What would a woman do?' I just think, 'What would this character do in this situation?'


James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing. There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond.


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