Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in.
Much of my reading time over the last decade and a half has been spent reading aloud to my children. Those children's bedtime rituals of supper, bath, stories, and sleep have been a staple of my life and some of the best, most special times I can remember.
The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people.
The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe, often with the passion of youthful optimism, that feminism is a battle already won. I worry for them - and for my daughters, too.
I have a good collection of cookery books. This is not so much because I like cooking, but because I like eating.
Remember that what you have is unique because it's your own special way of looking at the world.
People still come up to me and ask whether I am Louise Brown or if they've seen me somewhere else before.
I never felt any different from anyone else though.
I thought it was something peculiar to me. I thought I was abnormal.
I'm working on a nonfiction book on Nepal and a novel about diasporas.
Reading is my greatest luxury.
I used to think about how I was conceived quite a lot when I was about 10 or 11, but I don't think about it at all now that so many other babies have been born in the same way.
Sometimes I like to play the soundtracks to famous musicals so we can all sing along. South Pacific is one of my favorites. Our neighbors must hate us.
The importance and influence of books on me has been cumulative: the result of hearing and reading lots of stories about interesting people and places.
I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long.
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