There are times I wish I was more conventional. I would get a husband and a baby and a big SUV in the 'burbs and be happy. But forging my own way - my career, my relationships with wonderful but troubled people - that's who I am.
I was a troubled teen and I was constantly looking for someone to throw me a rope. Those ropes are connections. They allow us to see that life exists beyond the little worlds we are currently a part of.
You don't reach points in life at which everything is sorted out for us. I believe in endings that should suggest our stories always continue.
Finishing books - and leaving the world you've created - is always a kind of emotionally wrenching experience. I usually cry.
I think dystopian futures are also a reflection of current fears.
I think I'm able to do so much because writing is what I love to do. So, often when I have free time, I choose to write and edit.
My parents were pretty liberal, but they were still parents. I definitely had my teenage rebellion.
'Requiem' has been controversial because people don't feel I gave it closure.
With 'Delirium,' I had to spend time thinking about the political, social and religious structure of a different world. But it was a fun challenge.
Dystopian novels help people process their fears about what the future might look like; further, they usually show that there is always hope, even in the bleakest future.
I often write two books simultaneously. Usually one of them starts out as a fun experiment designed to give me a daily break from the real book I'm writing. And then that becomes a real book too.
I feel a lot of adult fiction looks down on plot as a lesser form of literature.
I love to sleep. I'm an excellent, excellent sleeper.
I think 'Voldemort' is definitely the scariest villain.
I worked in publishing before I became an author, so I knew how a book gets made.
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