The Guardian presents a no-holes-barred interview with

Altered Carbon author :

One novel was called Ethics on the Precipice. “Really wanky title, isn’t it?” he asks. “No one wanted to touch it.” So he got the huff. “I’d had this really nice, cosseted, middle-class upbringing. I just assumed I’d wander out into the world and be discovered as a brilliant novelist. I went to Cambridge, which is not a place to be disabused of your privilege, and I was drifting around London in my 20s, thinking, ‘It’ll just happen.’”

 He went travelling “in a bit of a sulk”, dragging a typewriter with him. Then came a moment of clarity in a youth hostel in Mexico. “I had this crisis: ‘OK, what are you doing? Are you going to bum around or are you going to write?” He went home, “got a crummy job in London teaching, and just tried to get on with it”.

When people ask Morgan for tips about how to write, he has one he is fond of sharing: “Have your protagonist do something unacceptable early on. You need to step away from him, so he’s not an insert or a wank fantasy. You can take the hero ride, but you’ve got to distance yourself. This is not me, this is not you, this is a man you might enjoy being in some ways, but there’s always a price to be paid. He’s morally compromised, I guess.”

There is of course one more tip he could offer: never give up. This screen success has, after all, been a long time coming. “It’s just unbelievable,” he says. “They’re delivering lines to camera I wrote down in 1997 – more or less word for word.”

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