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" You'll work hard to create characters that are compelling and unforgettable. But in the end, it's the story that matters. "
" I really love middle-grade. Middle-grade books have a little more of a magical, light-hearted feel. You can be a little bit more quirky, you can have a little more humor. It doesn't get so dark and deep. "
" Down the road a bit, I would like to write a couple of stand-alone adult novels, especially in the horror genre. I've got lots of things up my sleeve. "
" I've always been fascinated by quantum physics and the possibility of alternate realities. "
" I don't think anything's more rewarding than hearing that you've helped someone gain a love of reading. "
" Never give up. Laugh a lot. Be good to others. "
Never Give Up
" Don't ever let the other stuff get in the way of your inherent skills as a kick-butt storyteller. Move the reader, make them happy and sad and excited and scared. Make them stare into space after they've put the book down, thinking about the tale that's become a part of them. "
" I've always had high ambitions and aspirations. "
" Be unpredictable, be real, be interesting. Tell a good story. "
" I think Judy Blume, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz are the three authors responsible for my being where I am today. I owe them a lot. "
" In my early writing, all of my characters were exactly the same person. They all spoke the same, made the same types of jokes, reacted the same, etc. I think they were all just me in disguise. "
" I'm inspired by almost everything I come across in life, and one way or another they find themselves sneaking into my stories. "
" When I'm feeling a little empty in the head, I like to go see movies or read to loosen things up there. "