“Research. Once upon a time I toyed with the idea of a career in
academia, as a medievalist. But academia toyed with me, and I gave
up on the middle ages, because I didn’t think of myself as somebody
who would spend his life doing research. I leave the moral of the
story to you, but eventually I became addicted, and I now see it as
a vocational privilege.
“Still, there is something to be said for the 300-page
interior monologue in italics – at least you won’t get letters
informing you that the British Beaufighter aircraft was not in
service until the end of October. It’s hard to avoid that sort
of thing in 350 pages of manuscript, even with good editing and
“I think it was Randall Jarrell who once defined the
novel as a work in prose of a certain length that has something
wrong with it.”
Quoted from Alan Furst, author of Blood of Victory , about writing historical fiction.