(Read our interview with Therese Anne Fowler, author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.)
Which Raymond Chandler book is your favorite?
You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson—she’s probably the top—Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.
• Maurice Sendak •
It didn’t occur to me that my books would be widely read at all, and that enabled me to write anything I wanted to. And even once I realized that they were being read, I still wrote as if I were writing in secret. That’s how one has to write anyway—in secret.
• Louise Erdrich •
I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it’s just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it’s hard not to do it all the time.
• Sarah Dessen •