Here is a short excerpt from the interview:
PS: What do you think makes a great story?
JT: I think that a great story is driven equally by the strength of character and setting. Some authors focus more on the development of their protagonists, their backstory and their evolution; others take pains to evoke a detailed physical or social world within which their story unfolds. Ultimately, both of these elements are crucial to a well-executed book. Character development to the exclusion of context results in a flat, overly-scripted narrative. Fully rendered setting devoid of interesting characters reads like an academic (in the pejorative sense of the word) paper. But multi-dimensional characters in a richly described environment? That, to me, makes for an excellent story.
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