I love the characters not knowing everything and the reader knowing more than them. There's more mischief in that and more room for seriousness, too.
I think it's very important to write a demythologized woman character. My characters are flawed. They are no better than they should be.
I work at the sentences. Many of the things people find distinctive about my writing, I think of as natural.
I'm quite interested in the absolute roots of narrative, why we tell stories at all: where the monsters come from.
In more static societies, like Ireland, you can tell where a person is from by their surname, or where their grandparents are from.
The writing day can be, in some ways, too short, but it's actually a long series of hours, for months at a time, and there is a stillness there.