What prompted you to write this story?
A question that is being asked these days is, "is Nation a fictional realization of your real battle with Alzheimer's disease?" which just goes to show that there is far too much psychology around these days! I wasn't diagnosed until about a year and a half ago, by which time I was at the late editing stage of the book, but the idea came to me several years previously, and I would have written it then had it not have been for the big Asian tsunami. After that, I thought it would be too soon for a book like Nation. As to its content, character, and philosophy, all I can say is that a lifetime of writing experience just seemed to open a big door and everything flowed into place. Nation very nearly wrote itself.