Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?
"You presume that I had a choice? Writing is my compulsion and my passion. I have no choice – I must write. It has been that way for me since I was first able to hold a writing instrument in my fingers. Sometimes it feels like a curse, but mostly it is a gift, and the licence to live other lives and adventures, simultaneously. I wouldn't rid myself of the compulsive writing disease if I could."