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Born: 1942-08-02
Profession: Writer
Nation: Chilean
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I was a lousy journalist. I could never be objective. Sometimes I invented the whole story.

Tags: Sometimes, Story, Whole

I'm interested in people who have to overcome obstacles, people who are not sheltered by the umbrella of the establishment, marginals.

Tags: Interested, Obstacles, Overcome

I'm living in California but I have a place that is mine in Chile and I belong there. I am no longer an exile.

Tags: Living, Longer, Place

I've been a story-teller all my life but I realized it only recently.

Tags: Life, Realized

If I didn't write my soul would dry up and die.

Tags: Die, Soul, Write

My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.

Tags: Happy, Struggle, Writing

Today's girls are tomorrow's women - and leaders.

Tags: Today, Tomorrow, Women

Writing is my job. I don't think of it as art.

Tags: Art, Job, Writing

Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.

Tags: Education, Family, Work

I have travelled all over the world and one thing that amazes me is that I can communicate with people. My story may be different but emotionally we are all the same.

Tags: Amazes, May, Story

I try to let go of the intellect and just tell the story. I only read the page I have in front of me on the screen. Then when the whole story is told, I print it, wait a week and read it.

Tags: Tell, Try, Wait

I am an American citizen and it is my home now. I like the U.S.A., which is not a place too many people have liked since Bush. The U.S. has a young population, and everything can change within a year.

Tags: Change, Home, Young

I don't think I would be a writer if I had stayed in Chile. I would be trapped in the chores, in the family, in the person that people expected me to be.

Tags: Family, Trapped, Writer

I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the 'message,' even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.

Tags: Freedom, Stronger, Write

I was a very bad journalist. Awful. I would just invent everything. If I did an interview, I had a preconception of what that person should say and I would put my words in his mouth.

Tags: Bad, Put, Words

I was not supposed to be in any way a liberated person. I was a female born in the '40s in a patriarchal family; I was supposed to marry and make everyone around me happy.

Tags: Everyone, Family, Happy

In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today.

Tags: Courage, War, Women

The fact people think that when you sell a lot of books you are not a serious writer is a great insult to the readership. I get a little angry when people try to say such a thing.

Tags: Angry, Great, Try

The fact that I am a writer comes from the experience of being cut away from my roots and living in Venezuela, where I couldn't find a place for myself, for years and years.

Tags: Experience, Living, Place

I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.

Tags: Peace, Together, Women

I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.

Tags: Dreams, Nature, Power

If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it will be women who make it so.

Tags: Place, Women

I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me.

Tags: Age, End, Family
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What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.

Tags: Abuse, Fear, Power

All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.

Tags: Death, End, Freedom

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.

Tags: Ask, Books, Heart

For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.

Tags: Change, Men, Women

We want a world where life is preserved, and the quality of life is enriched for everybody, not only for the privileged.

Tags: Everybody, Life, Quality

Women have always been courageous... They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century they have been fearless in the fight for their rights.

Tags: Children, Fight, Women

Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don't want or they cannot feed.

Tags: Marriage, Today, Women

I tend to see the similarities in people and not the differences.

Tags: Tend

Roots are not in landscape or a country, or a people, they are inside you.

Tags: Country, Inside, Roots

I don't want an uneventful and safe life, I prefer an adventurous one.

Tags: Life, Prefer, Safe

Although women do two-thirds of the world's labor, they own less than one percent of the world's assets.

Tags: Labor, Less, Women

Empowering women means trusting them.

Tags: Means, Trusting, Women

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate.

Tags: Determines, Fate, Heart

I write to understand my circumstances, to sort out the confusion of reality, to exorcise my demons. But most of all, I write because I love it!

Tags: Love, Reality, Understand

My life is about ups and downs, great joys and great losses.

Tags: Great, Life, Losses

The first lie of fiction is that the author gives some order to the chaos of life: chronological order, or whatever order the author chooses.

Tags: Lie, Life, Whatever

The media could do a much better job, that's for sure, especially the media that targets women... Human rights? They couldn't care less!

Tags: Care, Job, Women

I have been a woman for 46 years and I only recently realized I can't change it and I like it.

Tags: Change, Realized, Woman

I have learned many things in the 30 years that I have been writing.

Tags: Learned, Writing

I like Hillary Clinton a lot. I know her.

Tags: Clinton, Her, Hillary

I like historical fiction. I fell in love with New Orleans the first time I visited it. And I wanted to place a story in New Orleans.

Tags: Love, Place, Time
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