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" Absence is absence, you know? The loss of someone can be just as devastating if they're alive as if they're dead. "
" Being more happy than not helps you get up every day. "
" I don't think I'm capable of giving a character every possible victory, no matter how much I love them, without feeling as if their ending isn't genuine to their actual trials. "
" I was very lucky to befriend many authors before even signing with an agent, and they were all so supportive of me when I told them I was in the middle of my first book. "
" When I really want to be comforted myself, what I look for is a story about how somebody could survive something really difficult. "
" For me, I remember being 19 and coming out as bi to all of my friends. I'd had girlfriends, and all of these experiences and such, and then, as I got older, I started identifying as gay. "
" There will be opportunities for hope and happiness, and happiness will return to your life, but you will always feel that loss if that person really meant that great a deal to you. "
" When you're overthinking a thought like the way I do, I can get completely pulled away from something I'm in the middle of because my thought channel just won't help me get from point A to point B without any difficulty. "
" Sexuality is very fluid, but I never chose to be gay. "
" All my books center around death in some way. "
" Especially with grief and heartbreak, you can go through these things and think, 'I will never be whole again.' "
" Death is the one - the one thing we don't have many answers for. We understand how people die, but we don't know what comes next, and that's something that's always fascinated and disturbed me and frustrated me. "
" I haven't written adult fiction, but I do not sugarcoat grief - or what I expect grief to be. "
" I had definitely missed the literary development game with Paper Lantern Lit, and writing exclusively wasn't giving me complete fulfillment. "
" The Strand prides itself for its '18 miles of books,' and they are not kidding - that store goes on for da-a-a-a-ys. There are carts outside with dollar books, all sorts of fun merchandise inside, and an extensive selection of reduced priced books. If you're looking to buy a $30 hardcover for $20, The Strand is your new best friend. "
" Writing is my therapy. "
" Whereas Books of Wonder excels with children's literature, McNally Jackson is where I go for my adult new releases, and no, it has nothing to do with the fact that Taylor Swift shops there, too. "
" There are happy stories out there, but I think some of them may raise false expectations for teens. "
" I'm always writing from some difficult place and seeing how the character survives... or doesn't. "
" Having a book published whenever is a huge honor. "
" I'm building this reputation as YA heartbreaker, I know. Some people like 'happily ever after,' but I don't think that's me. "
" My favorite uncle died when I was eleven, and that was two months after 9/11, so that was a particularly difficult time with my family. "
" My first book was on the grittier side of life. A week before being published, I realized all of my main characters come from single households. That was something that, when I lived in South Bronx, that's what it was like. "