|Amazon.com: How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
Standiford: I can't remember not writing, or at least telling stories. I assumed everyone did it. I intended to be a lawyer and actually attended Columbia Law School, but dropped out when it finally occurred to me that there was a big difference between justice and "the Law." It's much easier to see justice done
when writing fiction. I wrote seriously for almost fifteen years before I got my first novel Spill published. It had a fairly weighty ecological theme despite its thriller premise. The movie version is out right now, on Showtime, starringBrian Bosworth, but that doesn't mean I'm recommending it. The Deal books,which feature independent contractor John Deal, grew out of my fascination with the typical Hitchcock film: ordinary folks thrown into the path of extraordinary evil. The plot is always there, but it's the people I care about when I'm writing.
Amazon.com: What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day
do you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or
computer)? Do you have a favorite location or time of day (or night) for writing? What do
you do to avoid--or seek!--distractions?
Standiford: I'm at the computer anywhere from 4-8 hours a day when I'm writing, from the
time I drop the kids off at school until they come home, longer if I still can lift my fingers and
no calamities erupt in the playroom. I have developed the ability to write a tender love scenewhile my seven year old daughter screeches at me that her Nintendo just isn't working or while
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