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" I like to be surprised. The best writing is when it defies me, when it starts going a different way than I had planned. "
" I love the most the students with troubled lives. "
" Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write. "
" When I was a kid, I was surrounded by girls: older sisters, older girl cousins just down the street... except for an older boy named Vito who threw rocks. Each year I would wish for a baby brother. It never happened. "
" As my early drawings warned me, where humans go, lions and tidal waves follow. "
" Love comes in far more shapes and sizes than what the family-values crowd condones, of course. "
" When I was a kid... I needed to belong. "
" The roundness of life's design may be a sign that there is a presence beyond ourselves. "
" Human behavior in the midst of hardship caught my attention very early on, and my first stories were all pictures, no words. "
" I think I write fiction for the opportunity to get beyond the limits of my own life. "
" Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love. "
" I like to write first-person because I like to become the character I'm writing. "
" However far fiction writers stray from their own lives and experiences - and I stray pretty far from mine - I think, ultimately, that we may be writing what we need to write in some way, albeit unconsciously. "