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" My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house. I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlor, and I would like all the flowers to be white. "
" The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets. "
" People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don't know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult. "
" You reach deep down and bring up what feels absolutely authentic to you as you move along with the book, but you don't know everything about it. You can't. "
" First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success. "
" I know nothing of God or the Devil. I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that would damn or save my soul. "
" Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders because writers don't come together in real groups. "
" Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty. "
" Invest in a feather duster - the possibilities are endless. "
" Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds. "
" When I write something, every word of it is meant. I can't say it enough. "
" There may be writing groups where people meet but it's occasional. You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself. "
" I claim Dickens as a mentor. He's my teacher. He's one of my driving forces. "
" We're frightened of what makes us different. "
" What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels, the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary, and sought to make Him utterly believable, a vital breathing character. "
" I'm always looking, and I'm always asking questions. "
" You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that list don't know each other very well. "
" It is tragic that many in America think of us - Christians - as being people who hate others. "
" I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book. "
" Memnoch the Devil happen to be my favorite of all The Vampire Chronicles. "
" To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner. "
" To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. "
" We need to stop fighting Christian against Christian. I have no time for anything but trying to love other people. That is a full-time job. "
" Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes. It's impossible. "
" I wish we had more visible Christian and Catholic leaders who talked about love. "