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" Crafting a piece of gripping, narrative true crime that engages the world is not that different from crafting a piece of crime fiction. "
" The most enduring stories in literature generally have some kind of crime at their center, whether it's the bloody butchery of 'Hamlet,' the lecherous misanthropes of Dickens or the lone gunman from 'The Great Gatsby.' "
" When you write as a woman, there's this feeling there's going to be a softness. "
" Reading develops cognitive skills. It trains our minds to think critically and to question what you are told. This is why dictators censor or ban books. It's why it was illegal to teach slaves to read. It's why girls in developing countries have acid thrown in their faces when they walk to school. "
" It seems like women are always told, 'It is not your time.' "
" It's just my goal to deliver the best story I can, and I want to make sure each book is better than the last, and in order to do that, I have to take chances. "
" I certainly went to high school with some mean girls, and I would not wish that hell on anybody. "
" 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. "
" My dad believed in scaring us as we were growing up. Scaring the boys who wanted to date us more. "
" Denise Mina is probably one of the most gifted writers out there, whether it's mystery or literary or whatever label you want to give it. "
" Like every Southern writer, I thought that I needed to write the next 'Gone With the Wind.' "
" 'Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case,' 'The Secret of the Old Clock,' 'Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret,' 'Flowers in the Attic,' 'Gone With the Wind' - these are the books that defined my childhood. They thrilled me. They made me feel like I wasn't alone in the world. "
" I didn't want to spend the next thirty years writing about bad things happening in the same small town - not least of all because people would begin to wonder why anyone still lives there! "
" With 'Pretty Girls,' I saw the opportunity to talk not just about crime but what crime leaves behind. "
" Visual storytelling is at once immediate and subversive. "
" Oh, I'm completely OCD about neatness. "
" I busted my chin open trying to be Evel Knievel on my bike. When it happened, you could see straight through to the bone, I thought my dad was going to pass out. It left a scar that I still have now. "
" It's a very Southern thing to be interested in dark stuff. "
" Books are not like albums, where you can simply download and enjoy your favorite chapter and ignore the rest. "
" When I was growing up, my stepmother's sister was the chief detective in one of the adjoining towns, so she piqued my interest in crime. "
" As a Southerner, I love obstacles for my characters. "
" Southerners have this love of embellishment. Even when you read a police report, there's some backstory. "
" I always want to make sure the book I'm writing is the best book I can deliver. "
" I grew up reading thrillers. Honestly, I was always drawn to the very detailed ones like Patricia Cornwell. I love details. "
" Women know how to scare other women. "
" Equal access to reading is fundamental to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. "
" I can clearly trace my passion for reading back to the Jonesboro, Georgia, library, where, for the first time in my life, I had access to what seemed like an unlimited supply of books. "
" A book I would take with me to a desert island is 'Paradise Lost,' which I studied in college and hated so much by the end of the class that I never wanted to see it again. "
" When I was little, my grandmother would take me to church with her, and she would introduce me to people. "
" I hate to badmouth any book or writer, because I know how it feels to be on the other end of that. "
" When I'm on a good go, I can do 12, 13 hours of writing. "