On writing: "The job of the writer is to give somebody an escape but have them feel they are getting something more."
On reading in summer: "I read in the bathtub no matter the season—if I'm near water, a book is going to come out."
Most looking forward to readying: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John le Carré. He's a wonderful writer. I recently saw the latest movie version and it made me want to reread all his George Smiley books."
Background check: "My father was a custodian at a public school in Los Angeles. I would wander around the library when there was no one there but me, him, and a couple of other people cleaning, and go through books. There was infinite time."