Hurt leads to bitterness, bitterness to anger, travel too far that road and the way is lost.
We are constantly being put to the test by trying circumstances and difficult people and problems not necessarily of our own making.
Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys, and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination - think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.
After all, you put a lot into creating a universe and everything that goes with it, and it seems a shame to use it only once.
Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on.
A world in which elves exist and magic works offers greater opportunities to digress and explore.
I want you, as a reader, to experience what I experience, to let that other world, that imaginary world that I have created, tell you things about the real world.
Testing of self is a regular part of our own lives, so it seems natural to make it a part of the lives of my characters, as well, albeit on a much different level.
In bad weather, I spent hours drawing action figures on paper, coloring them, backing them on cardboard, then cutting them out and creating whole stories around their lives.
Even after Sword was published, I was still only thinking about the next book, Elfstones.
We forget that what matters begins with the imagination.
I remember one winter, when I was about five or six, I spent three days with another boy, tracking a bobcat that had been sighted in another county fifty miles away, but which I was sure had come into our neighborhood.
I didn't want readers to have to make allowances for what they couldn't see, but to be able to say to themselves that the fabric of the magic detailed was perfectly believable.
I have learned to do more with less, so you don't see the big books anymore.
My interests are different now than they were thirty years ago.
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