My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.
Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.
I always spend time exploring the customs and attitudes of the countries I'm using for locations, and interviewing the people who live there. I've visited over 90 countries thus far.
There's this sense of excitement because you invent and control the characters. You decide whether they live or die. I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.
Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
Another woman approached me while I was having lunch at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that the reason she had become a lawyer was because she had read 'Rage of Angels'. To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures.
Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.
The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.
When people tell me I've kept them up all night, I feel like I've succeeded.
What I do is put my characters into situations that are so precarious there is no way to get out. And then I figure how to get them out.
I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others.
Women's value has been under-recognized for far too long.
Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away. We have to appreciate that.
I will not write about anyplace in the world unless I've been there to personally research it.
The fact that my female characters have strong personalities but are also physically attractive probably reflects the women I've known in my life.
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