The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him; the person you think you see is only an empty character: truth is always hidden in fiction.
A story is a letter the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.
A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.[Un personnage n’est jamais le romancier qui l’a créé. Il y a des chances, cependant, pour que le romancier soit tous ses personnages à la fois.]