Guy Gavriel Kay: I don’t have a global theory—different people are motivated by different things.
Letitia James: Politics is the art of negotiation. It’s complicated.
Kay: Too easy and glib, most of the time.
James: A job is a job is a job. It is.
Kay: [laughs] Yes, it was.
James: I loved the courtroom. It’s a magnificent area.
Kay: One was to evoke the technique of mosaic in prose.
James: Will there be housing if the economy goes bust?
Kay: Not especially. I’m aware of what a gift that is. Good question.
James: And people are going for it. Those people are my base.
Kay: The discovery process en route gives both anxiety and adrenaline.
James: Yes. We have to do a balancing act—the concerns of the artists, the residents in the area, and the industrial workers have to be addressed in cooperation with one another.
Kay: I treat magic as a possible element, a tool, something available — and whether I use it will always be decided by the needs of the given story.
James: I go home most nights at ten or eleven o'clock. That’s just not enough.
Kay: Again, no simple answer.