On the process of writing, meanwhile, he is clear, inclusive and infinitely courteous. "I remember when I was about seven," he says, "reading C S Lewis's Narnia books and discovering the concept of the parenthetical aside to the reader from the omniscient author. And going, I want to do that. I thought, wow - look, you can chat directly to the reader! You're God!"
This fascinates me, of course. How does speaking to the reader make you God? After all, God doesn't speak to folks much, nowadays, at least according to what I read and hear. Being the creator of a new world, now, that makes you God. Inventing, and letting things go. But talking to the reader? Anyone can do that!
(Still, I like the way he thinks...)