John Irving, early years, via Achievement.Org
The New York Times Book Review, Sunday last, included a video discussion with John Irving.
An early Irving fan, I was intrigued with his approach to seeding a novel. It is the last sentence not the first that sets him on his course.
And a novel with this percolated ending can take as much as 5-7 years to complete.
Also although the interview does not address it, I suspect Mr. Irving writes his novels long-hand, in a journal.
He's just completed a new book set for distribution in the Fall.
And an earlier candid video interview in which he discusses his novel, "Until I find you."