As a child, I loved fairy tales because the story, the what-comes-next, is paramount. As an adult, I'm fascinated by their logic and illogic.
Contemporary fiction is the hardest for me because I am not really in the popular culture - I don't watch TV.
'EIla Enchanted' began in a marvelous writing course at New York City's The New School.
Get to know your kids' minds and how they think.
I didn't want to be a writer. First I wanted to act, and then I wanted to be a painter like my big sister.
I loved fairy tales as a kid, so that's where my mind gravitates.
I make mistakes on a very grand scale.
I was excited to make my own 'Neverland.'
I wrote as a kid, but I never wanted to be a writer, particularly. I had been drawing and painting for years and loved that.
Ideas sometimes come from nowhere, and sometimes they take lots of thinking.
If a big person invests time in reading, kids learn reading is important, the child is important, words are important, stories are important.
It feels presumptuous to think of writing for adults.
Managing to tell a story is very gratifying.
Most of the authors I liked were dead, so it didn't seem like a safe occupation.
My good ideas are shy. But if they see that I treat the stupid ideas with respect, they come forward.
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