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" After I had written more than a dozen adult genre novels, an editor I knew in New York asked me to write a mystery for young adults. "
" I wanted to make the world of 'The Last Book in the Universe' as real as possible, so I spent a lot of time thinking about it. I decided the world would be a very different place, but people would be pretty much the same. "
" I assumed 'Freak the Mighty' was probably too weird and melodramatic to find a publisher. I certainly never expected the book to have a profound influence on my career as a writer, but indeed it has. "
" Soon after publishing a book for kids, my mailbox began to fill with letters from children all across America. Not because my novels for young readers are bestsellers - they're not by a long shot - but because today's kids love to write to authors. "
" Unfortunately, the author of a book pretty much gives up control of the story when the producers take over a book to make it into a movie. "
" I vividly remember my sixth-grade classroom. I remember what it smelled like, where I sat, what I could see out the window, and how I felt about things. Peel away my decrepit middle-aged exterior, and an important part of me is still twelve years old. It helps me when I sit down to write stories for kids. "
" There is no greater compliment for a writer than to have pleased a troubled child. "
" I'm not a playwright; I'm a writer who loves theater. "
" My parents were avid readers. Both had ambitions to write that had been abandoned early in life in order to get on with life. "
" I was never forced to write. At least, I was never forced or even encouraged to write fiction. Creative writing wasn't in the curriculum at my school when I was in sixth grade. "
" I am an avid fisherman, and my daily schedule is to write in the morning and then go fishing in the afternoon. In Maine, I fish mostly for stripers, and in the Florida Keys, I go after all kinds of game fish. "
" As a writer, I'm convinced that encouraging children to write fiction, to hook into that marvelous machine called the imagination, has to be good for everyone. "
" What surprised me most about the Donner tragedy was that, given the terrible circumstances, how anyone survived at all. "
" As a young, ambitious novelist, writing for kids never crossed my mind. "
" As a kid, books were my great escape and my salvation. "
" You can't mess around with young readers - you have to cut straight to the heart of the story. The character can be complex, the plot can have some surprises, but the emotions have to be clear. "
" I have vivid memories of junior high school. I didn't quite know how to deal with kids and make friends and all of that. If you talked to people who knew me at the time, they'd think I was a popular kid in school. But boy, I didn't feel that. "
" I started writing stories in sixth grade. But writing wasn't cool, like being good at sports, or being part of the in crowd, or winning fights on the playground. "
" I've always known that writing plays is very difficult, because I've written three or four that have never been produced. "
" I believe that we have the ability to change our lives using our imaginations. Imagination is a muscle - the more you use it, the stronger it gets. "