Tan: Apart from legal and procedural kind of research, what kind of preparatory work or thinking do you do, .e.g, writing ideas in a journal, googling facts and figures, noting everyday details of life? Do you fall into the common writer trap these days of Googling every little thing and over-researching as you write?
Turow: I don’t over-Google. I always bear in mind Robert Parker’s statement when we did a panel together years ago and someone asked Parker about the research behind the verisimilitude of his work. “I’m just a good typist,” Parker said, meaning, I think, it is, after all, fiction. The most peculiar thing I do in terms of preparation is that I sort of think at the keyboard. For about a year, I get up and just write, discovering characters, settings, histories, dialogue without a particular agenda. Anything that moves me that morning. Eventually something seems to be coming to form.
Tan: What is the question people never ask that you wish they would ask?
Turow: Mr. Turow, what do you have to say about the Swedish Academy’s shocking announcement this morning that you have won the Nobel Prize in Literature.