I think of books as very, very different from songs. I consider song, like, the primal state of human beings. It’s the first thing you do when you are born is you start to sing, whereas writing is artificial and awesome but totally different thing. It’s sort of like comparing making a fire to building a house.
The song is fire. You react to it primally, instantly. You don’t have decide whether you like it. And you don’t really have to sit down and think about it much after you’re done listening to it. It really does run through you like wind, whereas a book is a journey. It’s a thing you agree to go on with somebody. And I think every reader’s experience of every book is going to be different.
Obviously, I hope everybody who likes my stuff enjoys the book, but I do think it’s a different sort of ride. It’s more of a marathon. My songs tend to sprint towards some epiphany and then explode.”