Steve Toltz Quotes

  • Raymond Chandler I love a lot, and the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. I really love his voice.
  • There's only one common element that united every writer I've admired... they're all incredibly well-read.
  • I haven't been part of the criminal world.
  • When people come up to me and say, 'I read your book,' I'm thinking, 'How dare you! Who gave you a copy?'
  • I know you're supposed to hide your influences, but I suppose I see writing as riffing, really, about whatever you have been reading or thinking about that day or that week.
  • I can't sit through dinner with somebody I don't like.
  • I don't have a great respect for reality or getting the 'facts' as a means of putting together a story.
  • I'm not sure if I always wanted to be a writer, but I was always writing.
  • I am influenced by books which don't have their eye on the endgame, but which try to be entertaining on each and every page.
  • There is something so arbitrary about prizes.
  • I actually went into writing first to supplement my income, which was a strange thing to do, and actually failed.
  • I think as you get older, there are things that there's just no light side to, but you know, I guess the more you empathise with people, the more empathy you have, the less you are able to see the lighter side.
  • I made some probably very cringe-worthy short films that shall hopefully never make the light of day.
  • I don't really have an office or anything, and I like to have to move location every two hours. So I just kind of write in a park, on a bench, in the library, in a cafe, back to the library, that kind of thing.
  • If I knew a story page by page before I started writing it, I just wouldn't do it. The process of discovery is really important for my own enjoyment.
  • If I've written five pages by hand, out of those five pages, one page might be worth saving. The rest is crap. I have to throw it away. It's like I need eight hours to do two hours' work.
  • Optimism isn't funny unless you are laughing at the person, whereas extreme pessimism is extremely funny. It's exaggeration.
  • I enjoy being influenced by other writers.
  • People always say, 'Write what you know', but I've always found that to be terrible advice. It's quite limiting, what you know.