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" A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it. "
" My kids are more precious to me than anything. I'm with them all day, and I write all night. "
" A book begins with an image or character or situation that I care about deeply. "
" I wrote because I needed to and wanted to. It never occurred to me that I'd become famous. "
" The records of adopted children are sealed in California. That seal is considered inviolable... The judge ruled that, because I was famous, he didn't have the same rights as other kids. "
" It's hard being visible, so I've made myself invisible. "
" If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future. "
" People are much more inclined to believe and say bad things about you if you're famous. "
" It's difficult to talk to people... I walk into a room and I'm Danielle Steel, and whatever I say is going to be taken apart. "
" I like summer. I like warmer weather and long days. I'm one of those silly people who still enjoy lying in the sun - my children are horrified! "
" People have entire relationships via text message now, but I am not partial to texting. I need context, nuance and the warmth and tone that can only come from a human voice. "
" The usual way - through a long series of rejections, revising my manuscripts, and kept trying again and again. Finally I was fortunate enough to find a good agent. "
" Perfume is like a personal signature, which is why I like to mix my own. For years I've paired Femme by Rochas with Shalimar and love the results. "
" My early reviews were so bad that I decided I didn't want to read them again. "
" I work too hard and don't play enough. "
" I've shut myself inside these walls, and I'm going to be a very lonely old lady if I'm not careful. "
" Writing is a solitary endeavor, but not a lonely one. When you write, your world is populated by the characters you invent, and you feel those people filling your life. "
" If you can see the magic in a fairytale, you can face the future. "
" It's been very hard, after being mostly a mom, to develop an adult life of my own. And not being married anymore, I have to come up with challenges. "
" Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down. "
" In my late teenage years, I developed a real passion for it, and wrote a lot of poetry. "
" I'm not an aging gracefully type. But I do believe in aging with grace. "
" Lust is temporary, romance can be nice, but love is the most important thing of all. Because without love, lust and romance will always be short-lived. "
" I wish I were brave, although I try. I work too hard and don't play enough. Too much work ethic, not enough 'fun'. "
" I'm astonished by my success. I wrote because I needed to and wanted to. It never occurred to me that I'd become famous. "