The creation of a novel starts with a sort of explosion: images appear and coalesce, people and landscapes come into focus, and you say, “Oh yes, it has come back, now I can begin to write.
Anyway, one waits for the creative flow to start. One cannot force it, and shouldn't. This is what I would like to make clear: that a creative novelist—or dramatist for that matter—always relates back to what he or she has stored up from the first two or three decades of life. Childhood and youth are the source. Certainly all that I have written— the voices, faces, places, and images—the whole creative thrust, comes from my early life.