You are one of the most prolific fiction writers of our time. What keeps you going?
In addition to the enchantment with language and storytelling, there is the fact that I wouldn’t know what the hell to do if I were not doing this. Some leisure is fine, but not an unrelieved diet of downtime. I’m also writing to ensure that our foundation–which focuses largely on organizations for the severely disabled, critically ill children, and dogs—will be deeply funded and able to support those organizations long after Gerda and I are gone.