What was your favorite story to write and why? What is your favorite finished product and why?
While I’m aware that you won’t have seen this yet, the favourite story that I have ever written and almost certainly the favourite finished project is my second novel, Jerusalem. Prior to this my answer would have been my first novel, Voice of the Fire. In both cases, they are pieces of work that are absolutely central to my life, and to who I am. They’re expressing something that is much more important to me than all of the fantasies I have created, and they’re both pieces where what you are seeing is my work unmediated by a collaborator...I’m even hopefully drawing the cover of Jerusalem myself. With both books, what you are hearing is my voice, with me performing at the absolute top of my range, without any restraints at all. In Jerusalem, you also have a work written in later life after absorbing all of the varied lessons of my career, and speaking only for myself I believe it to be the best and most sophisticated piece of extended writing that I have ever committed to paper.