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" I joined the Marines the week I turned 17, and that led to a few experiences that might qualify as adventure - eye of the beholder. "
" I have a book in the pipeline of short stories. You want to hear an agent scream, say 'I'm thinking about doing a collection of short stories set in the Ozarks.' "
" I'm not from the movie world. I'm from the book world. "
" I've always been fascinated by the Mississippi River and the way of life in these small river towns. "
" I've bumped into at least three people in town who all insist 'Winter's Bone' is about them. "
" But I've been at writing long enough now to know that every three or four books I have to start a new direction. "
" I am well aware that the writers of New York, London, and Toronto are more readily noticed, though the shadowy and potent Ozarks Literary Cabal does what it can for me, then nightly joins me for dinner and calls me 'honey.' "
" When poetry is on the money, 12 words can slay you. I admire that greatly. "
" There are people so alienated from the mainstream of American culture that it's like a parallel universe. They don't expect anything but trouble from the square world. Every time they interact with that world, they're given a ticket, sent to jail, drafted. It's never good. So they live by a separate value system. "
" I always loved the verve and vivacity of pulp and I kind of merged it with my own interest in family stories. "
" Earned a bachelor's at 27, then an M.F.A. that is still completely unused and in mint condition, never taken out of the box. "
" I felt like a number of things in me as a writer just clicked. "
" I liked my fellow Marines. I didn't like pointless orders. "
" I tell the story by feel most of the time, and I am not much given to labyrinthian digressions but seem to be naturally drawn to compression and pace, and the feelings come about on their own. "
" I guess it's ridiculously romantic, but I wanted to be a full tilt, sink-or-swim writer. "
" As a high-school drop-out, I knew I wanted to write, but I wasn't overly confident that I was going to be writing anything serious. I was happy enough with the idea that I could be a penny-a-word guy and survive. "
" I'm always writing about character first. Plot, such as it is, comes from the characters. "
" When I started to be a writer, I was not going to run the risk of boring you. "
" One of the interesting things about the Ozarks is you just about don't have street crime. It's strictly between people who know each other. It really isn't indiscriminate; it's kind of between themselves. "
" I was born in West Plains, and we lived here till I was one. Then my dad needed to get a job, so we moved to the St. Louis area. I lived in St. Charles, on the Missouri River, till I was 15. "
" The opening novel of the 'Bayou Trilogy' was the first one I finished. "
" It's called 'The Outlaw Album,' not 'The Ozarks Album.' These are stories that delve into different kinds of outlawry, from criminal acts to interior, or psychological, outlawry. The book is not meant to be a tapestry of the Ozarks. "
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" I just really like the verve and muscle of good crime fiction, the narrative punch of it. The underlying principle of good crime fiction is an insistence on a kind of root democracy. I've always responded to that notion. "
" I didn't really expect to be coming to the Oscars. "
" It was in a grim room on Eddy Street that I finally opened 'A Moveable Feast.' I read it all overnight. I read it again the next day. "