I think that 'The Outsiders' was meant to be written, and I was just picked to write it.
I could write and help a lot of kids, or teach and help a few and go nuts.
When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.
If people want to find me, they can. They'll see a middle-aged woman wandering around the grocery store, looking to see what to buy for dinner.
How a piece ends is very important to me. It's the last chance to leave an impression with the reader, the last shot at 'nailing' it. I love to write ending lines; usually, I know them first and write toward them, but if I knew how they came to me, I wouldn't tell.
My characters are fictional. I get ideas from real people, sometimes, but my characters always exist only in my head.
Any writer who gives a reader a pleasurable experience is doing every other writer a favor because it will make the reader want to read other books. I am all for it.
I was a tomboy and most of my close friends were male.
Movies can't ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
I just felt being part of my peer group so strongly. I was immersed in teen culture, but not taken in by it.
My husband and I get along great. We're both introverts, and it's hard to make new friends.
When I was young, all the books were about a Mary Jane and the football player and the prom and ending up with the quiet guy and making your mom happy.
My mother was physically and emotionally abusive. My father was an extremely cold man.
I grew up here and my friends are here. There's nothing wrong with here.
I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
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