You try as a parent. You love beyond reason. You fight beyond endurance. You hope beyond despair. You never think, until the very last moment, that it still might not be enough.
Life may not be perfect, at least it offered moments that were perfect enough.
The only time you're calm, you're centered, you're at peace, is when someone's trying to kill you. And that's just plain twisted.
If you choose to do something, do it with your utmost. And remember, expect nothing and life will be velvet.
My mother would like me to start all interviews by stating that she and my father are perfectly normal. They are proud of me, and as perplexed as anyone by my novels.
What I learned is that it's arrogant to be certain of anything. The world is a complex place and only idiots or assholes think they know it all.
You know what the difference between a cardiac surgeon and God is? God doesn't think he's a cardiac surgeon.
Men should spend less time with guns and more time in childbirth.
Expect nothing and life will be velvet.
Women cry. Men laugh. Whiners moan. Men laugh. Wimps complain. Men laugh.
Everyone should say what they wanted. It saved time.
I have a huge author crush on Stephen King. Have never met him. Would probably embarrass myself. But it would be worth it.
I don't know much about international policing and I would love to learn more. Especially in this day and age when the Internet is rapidly reducing borders and crime can happen on a larger scale than ever before. These things intrigue me.
Mental illness is a disease and organic mental illness of young kids is becoming more and more of a disease... we do need to talk about it.
Post-apocalyptic novels tell you that in the future there is some great war. I would tell you that most cops say that it's going on right now.
It wasn’t that strangers couldn’t hurt you. It was simply that the people you loved could do it so much better.
Youth is no excuse for sloppiness.
I still like the relationship part of any story. You don't want your character to figure everything out and then at the end of the day, go home and eat soup from a can by herself.
I like to believe my suspense novels marry the strong characters from my romance writing past, with the twisty, clever plots of my mystery writing present.
All I've really ever done is write since I was 17, so I don't know anything about anything. For me to do a novel, I have to talk to people who know things. And what keeps me in suspense is that I am a crime aficionado.
You can be the hunter, or you can be the hunted.
My secret vice is Sudoku puzzles. Can't stop playing them. My parents are accountants. I blame them entirely.
I loved ghost stories, creaky staircases, stormy nights. If it guaranteed nightmares I read it by flashlight, after midnight.
I'm unique for a suspense author in that I don't have a specialty background. A lot of suspense writers used to be lawyers or crime beat reporters. I didn't even know a cop when I started out. I finally figured out that I could visit prisons - I just had to be willing to make the phone calls.
I think one of the appeals of suspense is to safely explore our innermost fears.
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