"I write very raw, ugly, illiterate first drafts very quickly (novels are always in first draft in under a year) and then I spend years and years fine-tuning, revising, editing, etc. What inspires me? Who knows. I am not inspired that much. Thatâ€™s why I write long form fictionâ€”I am not much of a short story writer. Ideas come seldom, but when a good one comes, I really stick to it and see it out. Iâ€™m a problem-solverâ€”I've never thrown out an entire manuscript; I've always forced myself to repair it until it was a lovable thing again."