"I would say one of the hardest things about being an author is dealing with insecurity. When I was writing my first novel, I only told a very few people that were really close to me that I was actually writing a book with plans to publish it."
"I deliberately set my story and created its characters and events based on my real life experience--places, people and a profession that I was very familiar with... This familiarity and real life experience is essential for me to write vividly and convincingly. I wanted my readers to be able to see the people and places of Long Hill Home, and feel as if they are in the book—a true vicarious experience. I couldn’t do that without using my real life experience."
"Either the instructor was quite talented or I was ripe for a new adventure, because I was completely drawn into the experience. I found that once I settled my thoughts, once I focused on breathing slowly, evenly, an entirely new set of ideas found their way into my conscious mind."
"Just how collaborative can and should a book be? We tend to think that a novel (unlike a film or play, for instance) is essentially the work of an individual. That was certainly my understanding as I grew up. But is this really the case?"
"Don’t stop reading after what I’m about to say, but the path to healing lies in forgiveness. Stay with me. No one likes to think about forgiving that person or persons that hurt us. We’ve held on to that hurt and maybe even nursed it, feeling justified."
"I had read somewhere a few years ago that by asking repeatedly for something would automatically increase your odds of getting what you want. In other words, if someone says no, it really means maybe. If you ask again and provide more detail, your chances of them saying yes increases considerably."
"Authors of vast historical novels would benefit from applying the techniques of these track announcers. Periodically pull back from a tight point-of-view and provide an omniscient recapping of the story to that point. There are many clever and subtle ways to do this without breaking the spell."
"It’s hard to edit your own work, not because you can’t or don’t know how to fix the issues, but rather, because you know what should be on the page so well that your brain doesn’t realize it’s not there."