After I had written more than a dozen adult genre novels, an editor I knew in New York asked me to write a mystery for young adults.
As a kid, books were my great escape and my salvation.
As a young, ambitious novelist, writing for kids never crossed my mind.
I believe that we have the ability to change our lives using our imaginations. Imagination is a muscle - the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
I'm not a playwright; I'm a writer who loves theater.
I've always known that writing plays is very difficult, because I've written three or four that have never been produced.
My parents were avid readers. Both had ambitions to write that had been abandoned early in life in order to get on with life.
There is no greater compliment for a writer than to have pleased a troubled child.
Unfortunately, the author of a book pretty much gives up control of the story when the producers take over a book to make it into a movie.
What surprised me most about the Donner tragedy was that, given the terrible circumstances, how anyone survived at all.
As a writer, I'm convinced that encouraging children to write fiction, to hook into that marvelous machine called the imagination, has to be good for everyone.
I am an avid fisherman, and my daily schedule is to write in the morning and then go fishing in the afternoon. In Maine, I fish mostly for stripers, and in the Florida Keys, I go after all kinds of game fish.
I assumed 'Freak the Mighty' was probably too weird and melodramatic to find a publisher. I certainly never expected the book to have a profound influence on my career as a writer, but indeed it has.
I have vivid memories of junior high school. I didn't quite know how to deal with kids and make friends and all of that. If you talked to people who knew me at the time, they'd think I was a popular kid in school. But boy, I didn't feel that.
I started writing stories in sixth grade. But writing wasn't cool, like being good at sports, or being part of the in crowd, or winning fights on the playground.
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