I don’t really write drafts. I might rewrite a paragraph or scene while I am at work on it. I write from a voice in my head. If I lose this, however briefly, the fiction goes wrong. So I write carefully in the first instance, and do not revise. I use both pen and computer, as one or the other seems to be working better.

I fell in love with Marilynne Robinson’s contemplative prose several years ago while reading Gilead on a road trip across the American Midwest. Since then I’ve read everything of hers I can lay hands on. I was delighted when she agreed to an email interview. Read the full interview, published at Nineteen Questions.