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Born: 1949-02-26
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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I don't think anyone could write about another culture and get it 100 percent accurate.

Tags: Another, Anyone, Write

I knew from the age of seven that I was meant to be a writer.

Tags: Age, Knew, Writer

I myself have suffered periodically from hearing voices at night when I'm trying to sleep.

Tags: Night, Sleep, Trying

I wish that I had known back then that a mastery of process would lead to a product. Then I probably wouldn't have found it so frightening to write.

Tags: Found, Wish, Write

It is the job of the novelist to touch the reader.

Tags: Job, Reader, Touch

Oh, yes, I taught 13 and a half years. I taught English, first at a Catholic school and then at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif.

Tags: Half, High, School

The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey Island, is extremely suited to be a location in a novel.

Tags: Island, Location, Novel

Creating the characters is the most creative part of the novel except for the language itself. There I am, sitting in front of my computer in right-brain mode, typing the things that come to mind - which become the seeds of plot. It's scary, though, because I always wonder: Is it going to be there this time?

Tags: Become, Mind, Time

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.

Tags: Grow, Put, Situation

I attempt to write a good novel. Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages, not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe.

Tags: Good, Whether, Write

I find it both fascinating and disconcerting when I discover yet another person who believes that writing can't be taught. Frankly, I don't understand this point of view.

Tags: Another, Understand, Writing

I have to know the killer, the victim and the motive when I begin. Then I start to create the characters and see how the novel takes shape based on what these people are like.

Tags: Create, Start, Takes

I'm interested in the dark side of man. I'm interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity, not in their happiness.

Tags: Dark, Greatest, Happiness

Lots of people want to have written; they don't want to write. In other words, they want to see their name on the front cover of a book and their grinning picture on the back. But this is what comes at the end of a job, not at the beginning.

Tags: Book, End, Job

Plotting is difficult for me, and always has been. I do that before I actually start writing, but I always do characters, and the arc of the story, first... You can't do anything without a story arc. Where is it going to begin, where will it end.

Tags: Difficult, End, Writing

The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective's personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character.

Tags: Character, Great, Life

While I've written in the POV (point of view) of adolescent characters before... I never have had to create novels in which those characters not only drive the plot, but also are instrumental in resolving whatever issue the plot deals with.

Tags: Point, Whatever, While

Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.

Tags: Art, Wisdom, Writing
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