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" First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty. "
" The biggest risk with a series that goes on this long is that you'll get bored with the character. "
" I like crazy shoes or unusual cowboy boots and I collect big belt buckles. "
" Even when I am writing I usually take a break around lunchtime and go for a little walk to clear out my head. "
" My fans want me to talk to them. And even if they want to be critical, I want to hear what they've got to say. "
" I didn't invent forensic science and medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognize how interesting it is. "
" I stop working at about 3 p.m. on Fridays. "
" I am a journalist. "
" Being with someone who is smart and gives good advice adds tremendously wonderful elements to your life. "
" I refuse to sit on my laurels. "
" Everyone is doing forensics. "
" In the first person, the readers feel smart, like it's them solving the case. "
" Obviously people read the books in order to be entertained. "
" I won't put myself in a position where I'm vulnerable. "
" In my forties, my optimism was boundless. I had really good health and tremendous success which allowed me to do anything I wanted. "
" I've been stalked. "
" I've had people turn up to book signings with knives, with guns. "
" When I was in second grade, my mother moved from Miami to this evangelical conservative environment in western North Carolina, two miles down the road from Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth. "
" I've always believed human blood is red because it really needs to draw attention to itself. "
" If it's really beautiful weather, sometimes I might take a helicopter out. I got my license in 1999. "
" Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge. "
" I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power. "
" My friends call me Miss Worst Case Scenario. "
" That's why I think the 'Scarpetta' series has worked so well because people like spending time with this character. "
" On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea. "
" I am an Armani and a Dolce & Gabbana kind of a person. "
" I've never taken a scalpel to a dead body. "
" I constantly remind people that crime isn't solved by technology; it's solved by people. "
" Even if you are a best-seller you feel insecure because it is all so unpredictable. "
" I'm very, very sensitive to pain and to people who suffer. "
" But when I was a little kid, I was always writing stories and illustrating little books that I would create. "