The truth is rarely as dreadful or as terrifying as what one imagines.
I was an outsider, never quite part of what was going on, always looking in. It turned out to be great preparation for writing fiction.
Write what you care about, what interests and intrigues you.
For me, a good YA novel is the best kind of comfort food.
The book that made a lasting impression was the one my mother gave each of us when she decided we were ready for our first "adult novel," Lucy Maud Montgomery's The Blue Castle.
A man notices a womans figure when she walks in a room. Women have eight million words for blue; a man says dark blue or light blue.
Our house was awash in books, and my mother doled out her favorites like they were special treats - which they were.
Phoebe Wolkind Ephron cracked wise like Dorothy Parker and looked like Katharine Hepburn.
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