Chick-lit may be staggering on its heels, but women's fiction is alive and kicking.
I always say that in any roomful of people, I could hive a novel out of any one person's family or life story.
I have always written. I was one of those kids who would always fill exercise books with girls and telepathic ponies.
I try to read writers who are better than me because it inspires me to be better.
I wrote three books before I got one published. Most writers do. Have faith, and know that with each work you are getting better.
I've always been a focused person who knows how to get what I want.
If I don't cry while writing a key emotional scene, my gut feeling is it's failed.
If the characters are compelling, readers will follow anywhere.
Love is the driver for all great stories: not just romantic love, but the love of parent for child, for family, for country.
Marriage is a decades-long experiment, conducted mostly in private; a test of will in the face of unexpected obstacles.
My go-to winter recipe is beef and butternut squash stew, cooked in the slow oven all day.
Try to write at least 500 words a day. You may ditch 499 of them tomorrow, but you will still be moving forward.
Unless you sell millions, I think it's very hard as a writer not to feel anxious about what you put out. I always feel I could do better.
We seem to live in an age where we are quietly appalled by the idea of appetites, whether they be for sex, food or diamonds.
You have to write the story that's at the front of your head. There is no point in trying to write for the market; it won't ring true.
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