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" You know what I worry about? I worry that kids today don't have enough time to just sit and daydream. "
" You should always go through the first draft of a book all at once, I think, to get the best results. You can take time off after the first draft and come back to it fresh. "
" My father died when I was still in college, and it was sudden, and he was my beloved parent, and you just can't imagine what you life is going to be like. "
" I am a big defender of 'Harry Potter,' and I think any book that gets kids to read are books that we should cherish, we should be thankful for them. "
" When I was growing up, I dreamed about becoming a cowgirl, a detective, a spy, a great actress, or a ballerina. Not a dentist, like my father, or a homemaker, like my mother - and certainly not a writer, although I always loved to read. "
" I wrote 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' right out of my own experiences and my own feelings when I was in sixth grade. "
" When I started to write, it was the '70s, and throughout that decade, we didn't have any problems with book challenges or censorship. "
" What can happen if a young reader picks up a book he/she isn't yet ready for? Questions, maybe. Usually, that child puts down the book and says, 'Boring.' Or, 'I'm not ready for this.' Kids are really good at knowing what they can handle. "
" It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. "
" I don't deal with writer's block, I don't allow myself to believe that there is such a thing. I think that there are good days and a lot more less good days. "
" The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers. "
" I never thought about writing. I was married young, I was still in college, as we did then, and I had two babies before I was 25, and I loved them, and I loved taking care of them, but I was a little bit cuckoo, staying at home and not having a creative outlet. "
" If only there was a vaccine to protect against breast cancer, we'd be lining up - wouldn't we? "
" I loved 'Moneyball,' I thought that was a great Hollywood movie. I like baseball, but I don't know that you have to like baseball to like that. I thought it was really well done. "
" I'm an optimistic person, so I like to leave my readers with a sense of hopefulness. "
" I'll always be grateful for 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.' It brought me many, many, readers. "
" I loved to read, and I think any child who loves to read will read anything, including the back of the cereal box, which I did every morning. "
" I've never been one to let others decide what's right for me or my children. "
" When a parent comes into school waving a book and saying, 'Take this book away. I don't like this book.' I won't say in all cases, but in many cases, that will not happen anymore. It has to go through a proper review board. The complaining parent will have to fill out a complaint, you know, put it in writing. "
" I can't read fiction when I'm writing fiction, because I get intimidated if I read something really good. "
" I think the child I was until 12 was so much more interesting than the teenager I became. "
" It embarrasses me to flaunt anything good written about me or my books. I don't know what we're supposed to do about that. "
" I used to love getting on planes. I loved the packing and going places. Now I don't because I've developed these really bad sinuses. I have to take a prednisone to fly, but it works, and I'm OK. "
" My characters live inside my head for a long time before I actually start a book about them. Then, they become so real to me I talk about them at the dinner table as if they are real. Some people consider this weird. But my family understands. "
" I don't think people change; electronics change, the things we have change, but the way we live doesn't change. "
" After each book, I get panicky. I don't love the reviews. I don't like going through all that, and you would think that, after almost 40 years of writing, I'd have got the hang of it. "
" I don't have anything new to say about teenagers. "
" What I remember when I started to write was how I couldn't wait to get up in the morning to get to my characters. "
" I discovered the National Coalition Against Censorship when I felt totally alone in my fight to protect intellectual freedom, and that group changed my life. I was no longer alone. "
" When I began to write and used a typewriter, I went through three drafts of a book before showing it to an editor. "
" I have the most loyal readers in the world. "