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My writing day: Scott Mariani

The prolific thriller writer gets his head down and gets on with it, he tells Lynne Hackles

My day is surprisingly structured, considering that once upon a time I’d never have described myself as an organised person,’ says thriller writer Scott Mariani.

‘The pressure of writing book after book, within a tight schedule, forces you to develop an effective routine. I don’t work a hundred hours a week or anything, but I’m quite disciplined. Up at around 7am to attend to the dogs and other creatures; then comes a sort of power breakfast that usually stretches from eight to something approaching nine, and is a time for answering emails and attending to work-related business. If I can be at the desk by ten, that’s doing okay. Three hard hours in the morning are very much the core of my writing day. As John Grisham says, three hard hours writing and you’re pretty much done.

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