“I became a novelist because I am interested in exploring the truth. If I wanted to lie to readers, I’d write a memoir.”
– Tim Hall, Blogcritics.
“Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.”
– Dorothy Allison, Skin.
“I am an author of fiction, I lie for a living, I am paid to perpetuate a habit I picked up in childhood; the one which leads me to tell stories which are not true.”
– A L Kennedy, Edinburgh Book Festival, 2001.
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
– Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson
“A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.”
– William Faulkner
“I’m telling you stories. Trust me.”
– Jeannette Winterson, any time, anywhere.