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" Every time I visit Brisbane, I think, 'This is my childhood.' "
" I don't put a lot of description in the books because I write books the way I like to read them, and that is I like to build images and be a creative reader, and so I write that way. "
" I learned to write crime novels by reading people I hoped to emulate: people like James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Joseph Wambaugh, and Sue Grafton. "
" I have high hopes for Renee Ballard's literary life, and it can't start out better than the top of 'USA TODAY''s best-seller list. "
" The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work. "
" As a writer, you look for inspiration wherever you can get it. "
" I mostly read on airplanes and right before sleep. "
" I write my books never thinking of an actor. "
" I think I would spend the first 30 weeks not writing, just clearing my head and seeing parts of the world I haven't seen and going back to places I have seen and love. "
" That's the irony in the work: the best stories are the worst things that happen. My best times were somebody else's worst. "
" To get a connection to your characters, you have to put them in a situation that you can feel yourself. "
" I got lucky, and the first book, 'The Black Echo,' got published. "
" When I was in college, there were dollar movie nights. I went to see 'The Long Goodbye,' which was based on one of Chandler's books but was contemporary and set in Los Angeles in 1973. I loved the movie, which motivated me to read the book. "
" One of the great things about fiction is you can use an issue and describe it in human terms. "
" As far as characters in fiction that I really admire - it's pretty strong to say you would wish that you had created another character - but I'll throw out Will Graham, the protagonist in 'Red Dragon,' a book I've read several times. "
" I've sold 11 of my books to Hollywood. There are all kinds of my books on shelves in Hollywood because the scripts didn't capture the characters. "
" I don't miss being a reporter as a job, but I do miss the everyday interaction with the front line of law enforcement. I still have a cadre of cops who keep me up to date, but I don't have the access I used to. "
" I think there's a general misconception that anything written quickly lacks quality, and I don't believe that. "
" I could not have been happier with 'The Lincoln Lawyer.' They got the essence, and the casting, starting with McConaughey, was just perfect. "
" I'd seen Titus Welliver in a few shows and felt he had some inner demons in his portrayals, as does Harry Bosch. "
" I'm just going to write the best books I can. "
" I want people to think I'm a creative genius. "
" I wanted to learn about the worlds I wanted to write about in fiction. "
" I get up to write while it's still dark, 5 or 5:30. I start by editing and rewriting everything I did the day before, and that gives some momentum for the day. "
" You know that song, 'New York, New York?' If I can make it here, I'll make it anywhere? That's kind of like L.A. "
" I've always thought of L.A. as the modern version of 'The Garden of Earthly Delights.' "
" I think it's pretty apparent who my favorites are because I keep coming back to them. At the top of that list would be Harry Bosch, who's now going on 20 years of literary life. I still like him the best because there's still a lot to say about him. "
" My entire career writing novels was wrapped up around Harry Bosch. This character was too important to me to just hand off. "
" Write every day even if it is just a paragraph. "
" A newspaper is the center of a community, it's one of the tent poles of the community, and that's not going to be replaced by Web sites and blogs. "
" We want our government to protect us, to make sure something like 9/11 never happens again. We quickly moved to give law enforcement more power to do this. But that now begs the question, did we move to fast? Did we give too much power away? I don't have the answer. "