I started writing 'God's War' knowing that I wanted to write about real people on a resource-strapped planet at perpetual war.
I've always been interested in the politics of war. War is one of those things that, the longer I studied it, the more illogical it seemed.
The reality is that much of the stuff you see in film, television, comics, and children's cartoons got its start inside the inspired, disruptive halls of science-fiction and fantasy literature.
Historically, science-fiction and fantasy literature is no stranger to controversy, but it has learned how to adapt and endure.
I want to write books that keep people up at night, where they cry through the first forty pages and keep reading anyway.
Being a writer, writing for a living, is one long persistence game. Everyone wants you to quit. Quite often, you want to quit. You get kicked down. You come up swinging. You keep going. Either you are committed to it, or you aren't.
Your enemies love your failures, sure. But what they love even more is to see you brought so low by those failures that you never get up again. Sometimes enemies aren't even external. Often, our biggest critic, our greatest enemy, is ourselves.
I started writing books because I couldn't find the books I wanted to read on the shelf.
We don't fall in love with perfect people. We fall in love with complex ones.
Know that you're gonna screw up, and be OK with it, and do better next time.
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