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" I'm not very good at creating worlds. I prefer to write about the world as it is. "
" I have a great belief in not doing anything unless I'm passionate about it. "
" Authors have odd relationships with their creations They owe their fame and fortune to their characters but feel enslaved by them. "
" I fear dying in the middle of a book. It would be so annoying to write 80,000 words and not get to the end. I'm phobic about it. So when I'm writing a book I leave messages all over the house for people to know how the story ends, and then someone can finish it for me. "
" I believe that, by and large, people are good and everybody you meet is more likely to surprise you in a positive way than in a negative way. "
" No writer can really sustain two huge - I hate the word 'franchises.' "
" Once you get into the world of dystopia, it's hard to avoid plagiarism, because other people have had such powerful visions. "
" I vividly remember being 14. That was the age when I started to get happy: I started being a writer and stopped being a loser. "
" It is, of course, traditional in children's literature to get rid of the parents. "
" It's hard to write when you think every sentence is going to be read by a million kids. "
" I love writing different things. "
" My writing has always been what you call 'narrative fiction' in the sense that it's got very strong plots and twists at the end. "
" A children's author on a soapbox is not a pleasant sight but I have become drawn into issues, slightly unwillingly, relating to young people, literacy and youth justice: just look at the number of young people we have locked up in prison, and the uselessness of it. "
" I don't think my father was a bad man, all in all. "
" As a children's author, reviewers are generally very nice to you. I only ever wrote one adult book and received such a kicking for it that I was in trauma for the next six months. "
" There's something very strange about Sherlock Holmes, especially if you're an English schoolboy. When you read the stories, they stay with you forever. "
" I start work at 7 A.M. and write all day, seven days a week. If I don't write, I can't sleep. "
" I'm not a huge fan of prequels and sequels and the cynical rush to make money on the back of books by other writers who are now dead. "
" I'm not happy unless I have a pen in my hand, it's really that simple. "
" I love the idea that magic and witchcraft and battles between supernatural creatures could be raging all around us but just out of our sight. "
" I don't really like the word 'hobbies.' "
" My perfect reader doesn't just read - he or she devours books. "
" My favourite part of writing a book is thinking up the ideas, and that can start a long time before I actually sit down at my desk. "
" My father was aloof, very strange and very distant. "
" My greatest fear is disappointing the reader, so each book has to be better than the one before. "