Mothers always find ways to fit in the work - but then when you're working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you're with your children, you're thinking about working.
Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you're gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold.
The original fairy tale was about the youngest sister going into a room in the castle and finding all the bodies of the wives that came before her - she is confronted with truth, thinking about how often we think we know people and we really don't.
I think growing up is difficult and it's a process that I'm always interested in, with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes.
All the characters in my books are imagined, but all have a bit of who I am in them - much like the characters in your dreams are all formed by who you are.
I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written.
I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It's always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay.
After a while, the characters I'm writing begin to feel real to me. That's when I know I'm heading in the right direction.
Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it - the information just disappears out of my head.
I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman's domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them.
It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take a break from what was going on in my own world, to go into another world.
The adults don't know what's happening on the kids' universe and the kids don't know what's happening on the adults' universe.
You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring, meaningful and beautiful. I always feel guilty that this is my job, that I get to do this.
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