I was born illegitimately and almost immediately, as I understand it, placed in an orphanage. So my very earliest memories were in an orphanage. It was the tag end of the Great Depression when I was born. People were desperately poor.
People say I don't write books, I make Christmas presents.
Advertising seemed almost natural to me because it was a business where you had to inform, persuade and educate. And so from being a junior copywriter to being the creative director of one of the largest advertising agencies in the country took me 4.5 years, which is, well, a fairly spectacular rise.
My job is essentially that of an entertainer, no different to that of a musician, no different to that of an actor. I just happen to be an author.
The only thing that's authentic about what a writer writes is his work.