Question: What keeps you up at night?
Lionel Shriver: You know, that’s funny. This sounds so petty. But, what kept me up last night was, I just moved house in London and my study is just a pile of cartons and I’m tortured where to put the desk. So, last night I was rearranging furniture in my head. So, it goes from the mundanities like that. Actually most writers would probably not see that as mundane. The orientation of a desk is bizarrely important.
Otherwise, I don’t know. The state of my marriage if I recently had a fight, or what to do in chapter three. I solve a lot of fictional questions in my sleep. That is, I’ll go to sleep thinking about something and wake up with the answer. I find dreams and the state of unconsciousness very creatively useful.
Recorded on March 12, 2010