About inspiration and creativity. How to feed the Muse -- read a lot -- and keep her in shape by writing a lot. And the importance of writing regularly. And how you can manage to lose yourself in it. Writing from one's obsessions and experience.
How he sold his first novel -- once someone pointed out that he had written it.
The value of reading poetry.
The childhood inspirations that still feed him -- Mr. Electro at the circus -- and how visits to places turn into stories only by ignoring the place and having the ideas bushwhack him.
How he had originally wanted to be a stage magician and concludes, now, that he never abandoned that dream.