Quentin Tarantino on Tavis Smiley this weekend:
"I try to tell my story and try to be as personal as I can, but as opposed to writing autobiographical things, I can hide inside a genre... I'm being very personal. I get to hide in plain sight."
and "That's what a writer does. You write all types of characters. It should be an investigation into other people's humanity... You should have a curiosity of other people's plights."
Here's the whole interview: http://www.tavissmileyradio.com/guests09/082809/QuentinTarantino.html
Listen also to how his characters write themselves, and his description of Elmore Leonard's writing as well.
How to Say Everything!