What writing success means to me (and more on writing) 

I’m the first up in a series of interviews with writers by my friend Rebecca Coleman. I answered questions about my origins and influences, process and plans, and who I want to write my biography (ugh, no one). Here’s one of my answers, on what success looks like to me:

I write because I have to — I couldn’t stop writing for a day any more than I could hold my breath for an hour — and I would keep doing it whether I was successful for not. But I now measure success straightforwardly in dollars, and anything else seems idealistic and quaint. I used to be arty, and claim that good writing was its own reward, which seems ridiculous now that I make money. Getting paid well to write is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever experienced.

Read it all (2 minutes).