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Certainly Shut Teaches

Training to be a therapist teaches you to shut up and listen, and that is certainly useful as a writer.

- Amy Bloom

Think Other Fancy

I didn't think being a writer was a fancy thing. It was a job like any other job, except apparently you could do it at home.

- Amy Bloom

Admire Philip Robertson

There are two trilogies I admire: Robertson Davies's 'The Deptford Trilogy' and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials.'

- Amy Bloom

Doing Bad Bad Things

Bad people doing bad things is not interesting. What I find interesting is good people doing bad things.

- Amy Bloom

Pretty People Country

People tend to forget that in our country, we'd pretty much all be immigrants, except for the Native Americans.

- Amy Bloom

Process Lot Writing

My writing process, such as it is, consists of a lot of noodling, procrastinating, dawdling, and avoiding.

- Amy Bloom

Year Winter Deck

My ideal meal varies, depending on the time of year. Lobster on a deck overlooking a beach at sunset is one - but all my kids have to be there, because they are all lobster-lovers. Making a bolognese sauce over pappardelle for my husband on a winter evening, because he loves my bolognese sauce and it's his comfort food.

- Amy Bloom

Love Some Principle

I am interested in struggle - between our hearts and our head, between principle and desire - and one of those struggles is with mortality; and no one at all is immune to it, which makes it even more interesting to me. Some people fall in love, some don't. Some sky dive, some don't. Everyone who lives, ages.

- Amy Bloom

Last Surprise Breadth

For me, the short story is the depth of a novel, the breadth of a poem, and, as you come to the last few paragraphs, the experience of surprise.

- Amy Bloom

Away Save Petals

To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us, that the petals fall and the beloved dies. No amount of mockery, no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever.

- Amy Bloom

Before Fiction Use

Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It's easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.

- Amy Bloom

Other Very Reason

My father certainly believed that one could make a living outside of an office, as he did. And that if I didn't want to work for other people, there wasn't any reason why I had to. He conveyed that very strongly to my sister and I - that smart people can make their own livings.

- Amy Bloom

Think Always Play

As children, we think our mother has always been a mother, but it is just one of the roles you may have the opportunity to play. They don't define you as a human being.

- Amy Bloom

Business Rest Weekends

I do my business in the morning, and then at 2 P.M., I write fiction for the rest of the day. I like my husband, so I don't work at weekends.

- Amy Bloom

Think Thought Cities

When I was a little girl, I thought I was Sydney Carton in Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities.' I don't think anyone else did.

- Amy Bloom

Doing Been Centuries

Smart people often talk trash about happiness and worse than trash about books on happiness, and they have been doing so for centuries - just as long as other people have been pursuing happiness and writing books about it.

- Amy Bloom

Very Period 1940s

I find the 1940s very compelling. It is a very excitable period in the U.S. when, whether out of necessity or not, everybody was reinventing themselves.

- Amy Bloom

Alive Matter Sentences

If the characters are not alive to me, it doesn't matter how good the sentences are. It just becomes all cake and no frosting.

- Amy Bloom

Audience Interesting

My target audience is anyone who finds the world interesting and human behavior fascinating, terrible, inspiring, funny, and occasionally, mysterious.

- Amy Bloom

Work Pretty Read

I've written the best work I know how. And I'm appreciative of the people who read it and care about the work - and that's pretty much the end of that.

- Amy Bloom

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Grateful Readers Pleased

I'm supremely grateful and seriously pleased that readers enjoy my words.

- Alison Tyler

Very Reason Readers

I find my readers to be very smart, and there is no reason to write dumb.

- Amy Bloom

World Readers Teachers

I get wonderful letters from kids and teachers. I must have the best readers in the world.

- Andrew Clements

Very Strength Proportion

Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise. And there is no doubt that a large proportion of the female population, from school days to late middle age, now have very complicated lives indeed.

- A. N. Wilson

Another Very Nevertheless

It would no doubt be very sentimental to argue - but I would argue it nevertheless - that the peculiar combination of joy and sadness in bell music - both of clock chimes, and of change-ringing - is very typical of England. It is of a piece with the irony in which English people habitually address one another.

- A. N. Wilson

Nothing Very Original

I've got nothing very original to say myself.

- A. N. Wilson

Going Very Obviously

If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.

- A. N. Wilson

Never Very Entirely

Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good.

- A. N. Wilson

Some Other Very

If you read about Mussolini or Stalin or some of these other great monsters of history, they were at it all the time, that they were getting up in the morning very early. They were physically very active. They didn't eat lunch.

- A. N. Wilson

Think Very Socialists

I think one of the very frightening things about the regime of the National Socialists is that it made people happy.

- A. N. Wilson

Deserve Very Readers

The columnists have a very personal relationship with their readers, and the readers deserve to hear directly from the columnists.

- Andrew Rosenthal

Now Books Readers

All of my books now come from readers' ideas.

- Ann Rule

Rare Readers Thinkers

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.

- Anthony Burgess

Inevitable See Readers

At the end of 'Illusions,' readers should see the inevitable coming.

- Aprilynne Pike

Reason Assault Weapon

There is no reason for anybody to have an assault weapon.

- Joseph J. Lhota

About Reason Larger

For me, the reason why people go to a mountaintop or go to the edge of the ocean is to look at something larger than themselves. That feeling of awe, of going to a cathedral, it's all about feeling lost in something bigger than oneself. To me, that's the definition of spectacle.

- Diane Paulus

Reason Audition Note

Put a Post-It note on your mirror that says: 'Someone has to succeed. There's no reason why it shouldn't be me.' Repeat before every audition.

- Janet McTeer

Love Reason Real Reason

The real reason for coming to Montour is my love and respect for football.

- Dick Butkus

Think I Think Reason

If we have reason to believe someone is preparing an attack against the U.S., has developed that capability, harbours those aspirations, then I think the U.S. is justified in dealing with that, if necessary, by military force.

- Dick Cheney

Love New Reason

In the 18th century, people began to adopt the radical new idea that love should be the most fundamental reason for marriage and that young people should be free to choose their marriage partners independently.

- Jardine Libaire

Study Reason Rapists

We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide, and for the same reason that psychologists study the minds of murderers and rapists... to understand how those evil things came about.

- Jared Diamond