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" Listen to advice. You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught at where at least half the audience fights all the conventions of the field. "
" My husband used to take care of the business part of this, and after he died I found I wasn't really any good at it. I hate remembering who owes me what and bugging them if they haven't paid me. "
" I've been a teacher at the college level, in composition mostly, and I've been an editor on magazines. "
" I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent, whose only claim to fame is that its art director went on to be the art director of Discover for many years. "
" I don't make my own schedule - it's constructed around my sons' school schedules. "
" I'd like to write a history, maybe of the Reformation. "
" You've either got to find a way to make your continuing characters insteresting without making them maudlin or overwrought, or you've got to put more emphasis on the suspects. "
" I tend to come up with people more than situations - most of my books start with a character. "
" I really hate those books where the murderer turns out to be somebody you never heard of who pops up in the last chapter. "
" The Internet makes it possible for people like me to live the way I do now. Without it, I'd have to be in New York or some other city. I think the Internet is the greatest invention in history after antibiotics. "
" Everybody is a True Believer. Everybody has a little nugget they're convinced of that is the opposite of the nugget on the other side. And they're convinced it's fact. "