Happy Birthday, Jeff Lindsay, born 14 July 1952
- What my research told me is that a psychopath cannot change. You’re born like that.
- I wake up between three and four a.m. and work until it’s time to get the kids up. I’m the cook in the family so I cook the breakfasts and make the lunches. Then they go off to school and I go to the gym, come back, and usually get another hour or two of mostly re-writing done.
- I have to plot the whole thing out, but I don’t always stick with it.
- Anytime somebody is absolutely certain about something, they are almost always absolutely wrong.
- Life would certainly be easier if we all came equipped with our own personal FAQ lists. When we meet someone, we could pass them a business card with the list on the back, and then step back and let them read before we tried to talk.
- Pretending is the basis of civilised society, and it is sometimes necessary for all of us. Without it we are nothing more than a pack of snarling dogs.
- Writing at any time is difficult. Because in order to do it you have to leave yourself wide open, which lets in a lot of stuff you don’t want to deal with. That’s always problematic, dealing with the other stuff and still maintaining focus. I am a total neurotic, so there were times when I was thinking, the first book wasn’t very good; why don’t I just die? And there were times when I was thinking, how can I write a book as good as the first book? It went back and forth like that.
Lindsay (born Jeffry P. Freundlich) is a crime novelist best known for his novels about sociopathic vigilante Dexter Morgan.
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