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" I have spent many a night in an Internet chat room, but not since I've been married. "
" I adore children, but I was never that interested in new born babies. It's a terrible thing to have to admit, and you're not supposed to think that way as a woman, but everyone promises it's different when you have your own. It wasn't for me, though. "
" I write in the mornings once the kids have gone to school, taking my laptop and a coffee to a little writer's room in town where I plant noise-cancelling headphones on my head and get to work. "
" I have a business manager and a book-keeper who deals with our household bills. My husband and I sit down with her for a weekly report on how much money is going out, but I'm not terribly interested, and I don't have the patience for it. "
" When I first started writing, I was living in England and I had that uniquely English sense of sarcasm, which has definitely seemed to have left me. I am a naturalized American and my sensibility has become far more American. "
" Chick lit was amazing, and I was thrilled to be part of it. "
" I have a theory that you can tell what the head of a company is like by the people who work there. I knew a publishing house that was run on fear and paranoia, and I felt sorry for everyone who worked there. Needless to say, the person at the helm was not known for kindness, warmth, or grace. "
" I believe it is the flaws that make us interesting, our backgrounds, the hardships. "
" I show the people I love that I love them by gathering them in my kitchen and feeding them, so no surprise that most of my characters do the same thing. "
" I started to think about the assumptions we make that everyone we meet operates under the same moral code, and how betrayed we feel when that isn't the case. "
" I have a deep and passionate love of America. It is where I have always thought I would be happiest, and although I miss England desperately, I find that my heart definitely has its home over here. "
" I am divorced, and one of the things I am tremendously grateful for is that my ex-husband and I made a decision to go through mediation. I knew a trial would drag on for years, would cost me everything, but worse, would be devastating for our four small children. "
" Just as there are moments when the words flow and it feels like the easiest job in the world, there are many more when I think I have nothing to say, and my journalism training taught me that writing is a job, that you write whether you are inspired or not, and that the only way to unlock creativity is to write through it. "
" Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day: The more you write, the easier it becomes. "
" Going through an illness and then death of a close friend has changed my attitudes to friendship enormously. "
" Having struggled with food issues and eating disorders myself, particularly when I was younger, I've long been interested in using it within my books. "
" I'd like to think I'm not quite so pretentious as to think my characters go off and live their lives once I've written the final page and switched the computer off. "
" I had just got married when I started writing my fourth novel. I'd come back from honeymoon, moved into our first house - a gorgeous little carriage house in London - and made my office on the third floor, overlooking the treetops in North West London. "
" My e-books sales have overtaken everything else, so I think all the marketing has become very much driven by the author now because of social media. "
" The bad news is that my thin melanoma has something called mitosis, which means the cancer cells are dividing and multiplying even as I write. My thin melanoma has already spread outside of the tumor and into the deep layers of skin. "
" As a teenager, you are still entirely wrapped up in yourself. "
" For me, decorating perfection means eclectic styles and collections of beautiful things like pottery, pillboxes and match strikers. "
" The life of a bestselling novelist sounds like it ought to be spectacularly glamorous and fun, but in fact I spend most of my time incognito, and in fact were you to pass me in the street you would think I was just another dowdy suburban mom. "
" I am very busy, life is very busy, and I was, I think, a somewhat lazy friend. I love them, I know they love me, but I didn't make much of an effort. "
" I think friendship is more important than love, but that love that grows out of friendship is the very best of all. "