Interview With Harlan Coben

No, this is not an interview I was fortunate enough to have conducted. It’s by Jessica Strawser from the January 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest. But I wanted to share it with you because of Coben’s great comments about his own career and writing in general. For instance:

Writing is one of the few activities where quantity will inevitably make quality. The more you write, the better you’re going to get at it.


There comes a time when you finally have to get to work. It’s why I love this quote: Amateurs wait for the muse to arrive; the rest of us just get to work. That’s my own paraphrase of it, but I love that, because it’s so true. I remind myself sometimes that I’m a working man, and not an artist. A plumber can’t call up and say, “Oh, I can’t do pipes today.” And so when I feel that way there’s a lot of self-hatred, a lot of guilt, but eventually I would rather be tortured by writing than being tortured by guilt.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Coben’s official web site is here.

And another interview, this one from 2007, is here.