I love all of it, thinking up the plots, getting to know the kids in the story, their parents, backyards, pizza toppings.
I approach serious subjects, and I like to have the good guys win and have the parents among the good guys.
I believe my readers are crazy about their parents and want to be just like them when they grow up.
I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession.
I'm one of the lucky writers: plots come easily to me.
If you write a story based on a real person, you're trapped by the details of the real person and his life. It gets in the way of writing your own story.
I get letters from readers who say that they have always hated reading, but somebody suggested one of my books, they actually finished the book and enjoyed it, and they're going on to read another book. I'm thrilled that they have figured out that reading is fun.
Actually my first eight books were historical novels, but they were never published.
People nearly always believe, and are willing to back it up with weapons and cruelty, that their religion and way of life is better than the other person's.
I believe my voice is pretty much the same. I've written 75 books, so I'm better at it now than I was earlier in my career.
I decided to write short stories because they got rejected quicker.
I wrote eight full-length adult novels in my twenties. None of them were published.
My favorite book is always the one I'm working on at the moment.
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