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All Quotes by author - Lisa Jewell
" Agents and publishers are always looking for something 'different,' a fresh viewpoint and a new voice, not just re-hashed versions of stuff that's gone before. "
" All my main characters have got bits of me, bits of my family, bits of my friends. "
" A strange side effect of sudden success is the sense that if you can succeed in one field, then it might well be worth trying to succeed in another. "
" Don't do a hard sell or try to tell the agent that you're going to be a bestseller or the next John Grisham. This goes down very badly. If your work is good, then they are skilled enough to know this within a few pages. "
" Ever since 'Single White Female,' the 1990 novel which was turned into a supremely scary film, the idea of a seemingly normal woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants has become an abiding literary trope. "
" Every brilliant book I read is an influence and an inspiration. As is every brilliant movie I watch and every brilliant box set. "
" Everyone thinks they've got a book inside them. "
" Every time I've written a book, I'm like, 'Oh, it's so different from the last one. Are they going to like it?' "
" Flowers would be wasted on me. I don't like valentines. I don't need gifts. I'm a pragmatic romantic. "
" For a very long time, I thought everyone I met through the process of getting an agent and a publishing deal had made a mistake. When they agreed to pay me for the book, I thought they would ask me for the money back. "
" For me, the optimum circumstances for writing a book are those of stultifying routine. "
" Getting married young was the worst experience of my life. It was horrible - really horrible. "
" I always wanted to write psychological thrillers. "
" I am a terrible, terrible typist. I could not have been a writer in the age of typewriters. "
" I am the oldest of three girls and the only one not named after one of my father's ex-girlfriends. "
" I changed my mind about being a famous pop star when I realised that it meant I'd never be able to get on the Tube again. "
" I don't really get into a writing routine until March or April, when I'll write a few hundred words a day, often in a cafe in the morning after the school run. "
" I don't think my first book was chick lit. "
" If one of my romantic-comedy colleagues had written and directed 'Love Actually,' they would have been torn limb from limb. I thought it was awful, contrived, dreadful. I could see every twist and turn. I thought it was despicable. It was the writing that got me. "
" If you can start and finish a book, then you're already a million miles ahead of all those people who talk about wanting to write a book. "
" If you feel that your father was lacking as a husband, it affects your own choice of man. "
" If you have a calling, you need to let it find you. "
" I knew I wasn't the sort of person who could do a full-time job and write in the evening and at weekends. "
" I like the fact that my husband and I have been together for a long time and have a warm and colourful history together. "
" I look about my house and see there are lots of lovely things in it, but I constantly buy more. "
" I married someone I didn't love. I was too polite to say no. "
" I must always, always have a box of Extra chewing gum in my bag because I have developed a terrible cheek-chewing compulsion. It's not only uncomfortable, but I look really weird when I'm doing it, and chewing gum is the only way I can stop myself. "
" In 1995, I was 27, and I completely got caught up in Blur and Oasis and the fashion of the time. "
" I never had one of those glorious young bodies that make older men and women weep. So I don't tend to look back with nostalgia or yearn for what I've lost. Because it was never all that. "
" I take the six weeks of the school summer holidays off because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to look back on my life one day and say, 'Damn, I wish I hadn't spent so much time with my children.' "
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