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Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
by Thomas Perry

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience,
hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could
be a pretty dull experience.
- Thomas Perry

I do hope to bring Jane Whitefield back before too long.
- Thomas Perry

I do want to write about Jane Whitefield again,
but only when I have a good enough idea -
something I've figured out about her that's news and
that's worth a reader's time.
- Thomas Perry

 

What I look for in any character, good or bad,
is whether I can hear him speak.
If I can imagine him that clearly, then I can write about him.
- Thomas Perry

Much of what we do in life has a huge component of luck.
- Thomas Perry

I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre.
- Thomas Perry

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I don't consciously do anything to maintain a unique voice.
- Thomas Perry

I held a variety of jobs - most notably ten years working in universities -
and kept on writing.
- Thomas Perry

I don't think the problem is that people don't read enough mystery books,
but that people don't read.
- Thomas Perry

If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something -
a character sketch,
a monologue, a description of some sight,
or even just a list of ideas.
- Thomas Perry

I do like to explore evil characters in my books.
- Thomas Perry

It was a lot of fun, and writing a series is comfortable.
It's almost like having a secure job.
- Thomas Perry

I don't have dry seasons, because I don't allow them.
- Thomas Perry

I think we did a great job of putting together a program
that would have made good e-books available had people
been buying e-books in any real numbers.
- Thomas Perry

Being comfortable isn't the way to learn to expand your abilities.
- Thomas Perry

Yes, in my books I do edit myself to keep from becoming the Village Explainer.
- Thomas Perry

When I write a book, I'm making it the best book I can.
- Thomas Perry

All writers are mimics, and I'm not interested in picking
up somebody else's style or voice.
- Thomas Perry

If you'll think about various series you've read,
can you think of any instance in which,
say, the tenth volume of the series is notably better
than the first nine? I can't.
- Thomas Perry

I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade,
because I loved it.
- Thomas Perry

It's important, I think, for a writer of fiction to
maintain an awareness of the pace and shape of the book as he's writing it.
That is, he should be making an object,
not chattering.
- Thomas Perry

There are days when I intentionally don't write.
For instance, I never write when I'm traveling,
because travel is a situation where I can learn more
by looking and listening than by working.
- Thomas Perry

But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true:
every character is the hero of his own story.
Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him.
It's fun to give these people voices.
- Thomas Perry

You have very accurately described the difficulty of
presenting my books on film:
many of my characters are alone most of the time,
and when they do talk, what they say is mostly lies.
That can make for a pretty confusing film.
- Thomas Perry

The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful.
They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller.
They're active, and most of the common virtues,
the signs of a good person, are not.
- Thomas Perry

Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice,
you begin to realize that some of the things you'd
like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't,
or couldn't, do.
- Thomas Perry

I do have to earn a living, so I'm conscious of probable reactions from readers,
but the most important one is still the awareness that
if I'm not enjoying a story,
the reader won't either.
- Thomas Perry

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives
when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
- Jimmy Carter

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The automobile, both a cause and an effect of this decentralization,
is ideally suited for our vast landscape and our generally
confused and contrary commuting patterns.
- Brock Yates

Faith is not contrary to reason.
- Sherwood Eddy

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

We do not live to think, but, on the contrary,
we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders
would like us to believe,
the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people.
- Michael Palin

Fear and I were old buddies, despite my best efforts to the contrary.
- Peter Straub

Contrary to what the fans may think,
you don't just show up,
wear a striped shirt and a whistle on Friday night.
- Jim Mitchell

And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion,
which is that our global economy is out of control
and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics.
- David Korten

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.
The only completely consistent people are dead.
- Aldous Huxley

Its smallness is not petty; on the contrary,
it is profound.
- Jan Morris

If you follow reason far enough it always leads to
conclusions that are contrary to reason.
- Samuel Butler

Knowledge is not simply another commodity.
On the contrary.
Knowledge is never used up.
It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity
of imperfection coming into the film.
- Walter Salles

To the contrary, I think we bent over backwards to
press for elections and for democratic reform.
- John Negroponte

Contrary to popular belief, Americans don't hate advertising.
- Roy H. Williams

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

Among the southern tribes, on the contrary,
hats were sometimes worn in the dance,
although this was not considered in strict accordance with the doctrine.
- James Mooney

If the facts are contrary to any predictions,
then the hypothesis is wrong no matter how appealing.
- David Douglass

It is not cowardly, quite the contrary,
to seek to meet the adversary and know his intentions.
However, it is cowardly, shameful and treasonable to lay down arms.
- King Hassan II

Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity.
Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage,
destructive nihilism.
- Alain Badiou

I've never thought of my characters as being sad.
On the contrary, they are full of life.
They didn't choose tragedy.
Tragedy chose them.
- Juliette Binoche

Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to
the description of society as it should be,
and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.
- Benjamin Tucker

I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom,
that it's more interesting to have an album -
or,
indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity.
- Peter Hammill

On the contrary, it might even be a projection of what
the truth is of the Bush Administration's complacency
and ineptitude on the terrorism in its first 9 months in office.
- Sidney Blumenthal

On the contrary, woman is the best equipped fighting
machine that ever went to battle.
- Richard Le Gallienne

On the contrary.
Internationalism also recognizes, by its very name,
that nations do exist.
It simply limits their scope more than one-sided nationalism does.
- Christian Lous Lange

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

Gold, on the contrary, though of little use compared with air or water,
will exchange for a great quantity of other goods.
- David Ricardo

When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them;
when we see men of a contrary character,
we should turn inward and examine ourselves.
- Gustave Courbet

Never walk away from failure.
On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.
- Michael Korda

Hence we did not foster competition in our school,
on the contrary.
- Dora Russell

I submit, on the other hand, most respectfully,
that the Constitution not merely does not affirm that principle,
but, on the contrary, altogether excludes it.
- William H. Seward

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law,
from every constraint.
The wise man sees in it, on the contrary,
the potent Law of Laws.
- Walt Whitman

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason,
and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
- Baruch Spinoza


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