Robert Harris got started as a writer when he won a contract to write a biography of John le Carré. But le Carré said the book could not be published until his death, so Harris started roughing out a novel exploring what would have happened if the Nazis had won the war.
He says that he reads very little fiction, and when he does he tends to revisit old favorites such as Greene, Conrad, Orwell and Waugh. He particularly hates “literary” novels and that people who claim to like them are victims of snobbery – “It must be good if it’s difficult. Oldest con trick in the world!”
His preferred method for laying out the plot of his books is to lay hundreds of index cards across a snooker table and then start the journey of sketching and tying them together.
Source: Richard Harris
Pompeii was written by Richard Harris. It was published in 2003.