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" As a Southerner, I love obstacles for my characters. "
" Men are more particular, and they're not going to grab something with a bodice-ripper cover on it. "
" My job isn't to preach to people, it's to entertain them. I like letting the characters speak for themselves. "
" When you read a book, you are letting another person distract your thoughts and work your emotions. If they are adept, there's nothing better than turning off and getting lost. "
" I think that characters who are nice all the time and who you sympathize with can get really boring. "
" I grew up reading thrillers. Honestly, I was always drawn to the very detailed ones like Patricia Cornwell. I love details. "
" I'm just not a crazy, stay-out-all-night sort of person. I love writing. "
" I've always been drawn to historical fiction. "
" My typical morning involves some time on the treadmill, but obviously I skip that a lot. Mostly, I wake up, check my email, then get to work on the various interviews and questions and phone calls that come with being an author. "
" Pushing the boundaries of polite society does not just fall under the purview of crime fiction authors. "
" I think being a woman and writing frankly about violence has gotten me some attention, and as someone who wants people to read my books, I can't complain about that attention, but it does puzzle me that this is something reviewers focus on. "
" With 'Pretty Girls,' I saw the opportunity to talk not just about crime but what crime leaves behind. "
" Anyone who's been to high school with teenage girls knows how horrible girls can be. "
" No crime lab in the world looks like the 'CSI' ones because there's simply not the money for all those fancy machines. "
" My dad believed in scaring us as we were growing up. Scaring the boys who wanted to date us more. "
" My father and his eight siblings grew up in the kind of poverty that Americans don't like to talk about unless a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina strikes, and then the conversation only lasts as long as the news cycle. His family squatted in shacks. The children scavenged for food. "
" When I was little, my grandmother would take me to church with her, and she would introduce me to people. "
" People don't just love mysteries. They are obsessed with them - especially the kind that are never definitively solved. "
" I have a superhero complex. If I see anything bad happen, I run towards it, rather idiotically because, after all, what could I do? "
" I've always been interested in violence, even as a teenager. I loved 'Helter Skelter' and books like that. "
" Being a Southerner, I'm interested in sex, violence, religion and all the things that make life interesting. "
" Even if you live in a big city, everybody lives in a small town. We identify ourselves by our neighborhoods - 'I live in the Village, or in Chelsea.' "
" You can take risks with the characters and their development in a standalone novel. "
" I never felt isolated; I just liked being alone. I think that some people are good at being alone, and some people aren't, and as a child, I really liked it. "
" I love reading almost as much as I love writing. "
" As a writer, I've always felt it's my job to be extremely careful when writing about victims, especially women. "
" It was always my dream to write for a living. "
" Most of my books begin with a nap on my couch here, when I dream up characters and story lines, and then I write on my laptop in the recliner and handle the business side of email at my desk, which is sagging in the middle - maybe from so many words? "
" I write fifteen hours a day, stopping at Oprah-o'clock. "
" As much as we would like to deny it, reading is not vital to human survival. "
" I am hard-pressed to find a successful writer who doesn't have a similar story to mine - transformation through the public library. "