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'As honestly as I know how'

26 May 2003

'My job is to write as honestly as I know how, whether it's fiction or non-fiction, and non-fiction is a lot harder because you can't lie you way out of it, so to speak,. My idea was and is, pretty much, to do the best job you can and people will come to it or they won't. And I'm very fortunate in a sense that I've made a lot of money doing what I'm doing and I can afford pretty much to follow my own star.

I think there ought to be a place where people who read seriously and people who read at a more popular level can meet. But there are a lot of people who just don't want to allow that... They are saying, "Well, if he's too popular he can't be any good."- It's bullshit.'

Stephen King, in an interview with Martyn Palmer in The Times