I’ve always thought the best ideas are magnetic. One attracts another, they fit together, or meld into something new, and gradually build. S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep, on the ideas behind and genesis of his new novel, Second Life (out 25 February).
Pat Conroy’s novel The Great Santini was such a thinly-veiled portrayal of his tyrannical military father that Conroy’s mother presented it to the judge at her divorce proceedings, saying, 'everything you need is in there'. How to offend people with your writing.