— Jasper Fforde (on Reddit)
"I often approach my book using a series of ‘Narrative Dares’ and one of my narrative dares for ‘First Among Sequels’ was to have a teenage son who saves the world by doing nothing. Tricky, I know, but I like the idea, and knowing teenager’s fulsome embrace of inactivity, I thought they’s like it too. If they could be bothered to read. In any event, I needed a teenager, and Thursday didn’t have one yet, so I made everyone thirteen years older. It was as simple as that. I can always go back and add stories into the gap. Writing is an odd thing to do; often the largest leaps in a book’s narrative can have surprisingly mundane causes."