I’ve always relied a lot on landscape in my books, the atmosphere of a particular place, as well as a fair amount of external action. While writing ‘Chance,’ it occurred to me that this is the most internal book I’ve ever written. So much of the action takes place in Chance’s head.
I’ve continued to write fiction since being in television. TV is a different kind of writing, but it’s all writing. It was David Milch of ‘Deadwood’ who helped me to see it that way. We later collaborated on the short-lived ‘John from Cincinnati,’ but I’m very proud of the work we did together.
It’s hard to make a living as a novelist. My first novel ‘Tapping the Source’ made quite a splash in Hollywood, and people started asking if I wanted to write scripts. I quickly realized I could make a lot more money that way.
My 20s were a lost decade. I didn’t do much of anything.
My books often involve characters who began in some form of mental isolation, with a feeling of having died to the world. Then they become involved in some kind of action where by necessity they’re forced to reengage, to get back into the game of life, as it were. You could say that about ‘Chance.’