Dangerous writing, and the variety of variables

From an interview with writer Guy Gavriel Kay in the May edition of Locus magazine:

“It’s very dangerous to talk to any writer, any artist, and believe them if they lay out a thematic, systemic explanation of their trajectory. No man or woman doing the arts can be trusted when they explain that they knew exactly what they were doing, and this is why and how it happened. We’re winging it, book by book, and we are at the mercy of a random variety of variables that will kick in as to whether something succeeds or doesn’t.”

The whole interview is worth reading. Locus magazine’s website is here. (If you are a science fiction or fantasy reader, Locus is a pretty good investment.)