"I never saw the green light at the end of Daisy's dock or the parties on Gatsby's lawn, but they seem more vivid than things that I actually lived. If we are the sum of our experiences, as I believe we are, then books are a more important part of my life than my actual life. That's what I try to do with my own fiction. Fill the stories with imaginary people who will become more real to my readers than the people in their lives."
George R.R. Martin
Excerpt from May 24, 2012 Rolling Stone Interview, "The Hand Behind the Throne" by Gavin Edwards