“I worked with Cassavetes, and I said to him once, “John, when you were making Faces or Shadows, did you have any idea where you were going to distribute them?” And he said, “Fuck that. You don’t worry about that. You make the movie, and if people like it, they’ll watch it. If they don’t like it and it stinks, nobody watches it and it all takes care of itself. Don’t worry about that. Just make the fucking movie.””—Tom Noonan (x)
I was asked in an interview once: You’re writing another book with a female lead? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed? And I thought, I write a team superhero book, an uplifting solo hero book, I write a horror-western, and I write a ghost story. What am I gonna be pigeonholed as?
Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads? Half of the population is women. I lose my temper here. And it’s certainly not at you. It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default. And you have to justify any variation from it.