You know, one of my fears about living alone so long is that you get used to doing everything your own way.
I'm more interested in interpersonal relationships - between lovers families, siblings. That's why I write about how we treat each other.
I don't live my life as a writer. I'm a mother, an African-American woman, and I do everything that everybody else does - cook and a little bit of cleaning.
Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect.
People need to be re - sometimes we need to reinvent ourselves and then get reacquainted with our better selves.
I just believe that young people need to be able to learn how to write in their own voice. Just like a musician, you pride yourself on having your own distinct sound.
What's universal is the texture of our relationships. It's evolving. Times are changing with the women's movement. Men's roles are being redefined and, in some ways, they're confused.
I don't let negative criticism, for the most part, bother me.
Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical.
I'm not an angry woman. I'm not bitter.
I try to create characters that I am fascinated by on some level or intrigued by or can't stand.
There is a price for popularity. Critics look for your weaknesses, your flaws, anything that makes the work seem like a fluke and not seem worthy of all the attention it's getting.
Every human being I know craves love and affection.
Write from your heart, and God will take care of the rest.
I would like to think that as a result of not just my own experiences, but at least being empathetic and compassionate about other people's experiences and plights and tragedies, that I am affected by it and learn from it.
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