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Born: 1941-10-04
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.

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I was obsessed with religious questions, the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful?

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I wish we had more visible Christian and Catholic leaders who talked about love.

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I'm definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there's no doubt about that.

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I'm fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on.

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I'm usually working on my own mythology, my own realm of created characters. Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it.

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Invest in a feather duster - the possibilities are endless.

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It is tragic that many in America think of us - Christians - as being people who hate others.

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Memnoch the Devil happen to be my favorite of all The Vampire Chronicles.

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Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes. It's impossible.

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Re-telling the Christian story is the essence of my vocation. That has been going on since the Evangelists in one form or another.

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The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain.

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The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.

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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.

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We have to become saints. We have to become like Christ. Anything less is simply not enough.

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We're frightened of what makes us different.

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When I write something, every word of it is meant. I can't say it enough.

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When you make his sandwiches, put a sexy or loving note in his lunch box.

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Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders because writers don't come together in real groups.

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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.

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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.

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The thing should have plot and character, beginning, middle and end. Arouse pity and then have a catharsis. Those were the best principles I was ever taught.

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I thought The Shining was just absolutely wonderful. Stephen King reaches all kinds of people. In the beginning he was just dismissed out of hand, which was terrible.

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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.

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Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer. He has made a contribution. People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen King's books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books.

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That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one. We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist might training for an orchestra.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I feel like an outsider, and I always will feel like one. I've always felt that I wasn't a member of any particular group.

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I want to love all the children of God - Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone. I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians.

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To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.

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To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

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The vampires have always been metaphors for me. They've always been vehicles through which I can express things I have felt very, very deeply.

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Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.

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The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?

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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.

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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.

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The most difficult novel I have had to write in terms of just getting it done was The Vampire Lestat. It took a year to write.

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I'm always looking, and I'm always asking questions.

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Obsession led me to write. It's been that way with every book I've ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.

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I'm going to keep on dealing with the supernatural in a lot of ways.

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Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment. Everyone in his time admired him but I think right now he's not spoken of enough.

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First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.

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I broke with my religion in college.

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I can't get very far away from Christianity, I can't get very far away from the angels and the saints. I work them in always, in some way.

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I can't keep up with Stephen King's output.

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I claim Dickens as a mentor. He's my teacher. He's one of my driving forces.

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I do not read the ancient languages, but I am beginning to study Greek.

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I do want to go another way - to write something completely different.

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I enjoy the Web site a lot and I like being able to talk to my readers. I've always had a very close relationship with them.

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I gave up on the big screen. The Witching Hour was at Warner Bros. for 10 years and it just didn't work out.

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I love New Orleans physically. I love the trees and the balmy air and the beautiful days. I have a beautiful house here.

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I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.

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I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible.

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Similarly, only people as misanthropic as myself can be counted on not to have to lie to others, since we have the unique luxury of not caring what sort of opinions others formulate about us.

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No, seriously, I really don't have much ill-will toward anyone these days; I just ignore the people that I dislike.

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I have never made any secret of any of my thoughts or areas of interest. I've always been honest, open, and upfront.

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I think I feel automatically at home in Italy.

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I've always done everything at my disposal to avoid labeling what I do, or to avoid being labeled myself.

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I've been giving interviews for the last 25 or 30 years, more often than not answering the same questions over and over again, ad nauseum.

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My impression, is that prayer is one of the most basic forms of magic. That it's harnessing the powers of your mind.

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The will to label will always prevail over what's being labeled, usually at the expense of either truth or understanding.

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There are a lot of people out there who think that I am their worst enemy, and I don't even care if these people exist.

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To be beyond any existing classification has always pleased me.

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Well, I have an interest in power. I have an interest in people who find themselves in the position to exercise absolute power.

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Well, I use the word Satanist, but I don't know if I ever really considered myself as somebody who's into Satan.

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I think when I was two years old in the sandbox. I think I formulated my basic philosophy there, and I haven't really had to alter it very much ever since.

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