I think I write fiction for the opportunity to get beyond the limits of my own life.
— Wally Lamb
I wanted to connect a modern story with a myth that I had read.
Love comes in far more shapes and sizes than what the family-values crowd condones, of course.
When I was a kid... I needed to belong.
When I was a kid, I was surrounded by girls: older sisters, older girl cousins just down the street... except for an older boy named Vito who threw rocks. Each year I would wish for a baby brother. It never happened.
I like to write first-person because I like to become the character I'm writing.
I like to be surprised. The best writing is when it defies me, when it starts going a different way than I had planned.
Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.
However far fiction writers stray from their own lives and experiences - and I stray pretty far from mine - I think, ultimately, that we may be writing what we need to write in some way, albeit unconsciously.
Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.
I love the most the students with troubled lives.
The roundness of life's design may be a sign that there is a presence beyond ourselves.
As my early drawings warned me, where humans go, lions and tidal waves follow.
Human behavior in the midst of hardship caught my attention very early on, and my first stories were all pictures, no words.