Tim O’Brien is the author of the critically acclalimed war memoir, If I Die in a Combat Zone, the novel, Going After Cacciato, which won the National Book Award in 1979, and two other novels, Northern Lights and The Nuclear Age. His most recent work of fiction, The Things They Carried, was chosen as one of the ten best books of 1990 by the New York Times Book Review. 
Dec 01 1991
An Interview with Tim O'Brien
Everything I’ve written has come partly out of my own concerns as a human being, and often directly out of those concerns, but the story lines themselves, the events of the stories, and the characters in the stories, the places in the stories, are almost all invented, even the Vietnam stuff. If I don’t know it I just make it up, trying not to violate the world as I know it. Ninety percent or more of the material in the book is invented, and I invented 90 percent of a new Tim O’Brien, maybe even more than that.