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Other Surrounded Monuments

What is it we want out of travel? Is it to take snapshots of ourselves in front of famous monuments, surrounded by other tourists? To eat unfamiliar food chosen from unintelligible menus? To earn frequent-flier miles? No. It's to glimpse what life is like somewhere else.

- Chris Pavone

College Student Career

After college, I was burdened with student loans to repay, no financial cushion, so I wasn't in a position to bet everything on a creative-writing career - neither the writing-workshop academia life nor the freelance-writer version, trying to scrape by on short stories and house-painting gigs.

- Chris Pavone

Impossible Loves Mistake

Although no one loves a typo, it's close to impossible to eradicate every single little mistake in a manuscript.

- Chris Pavone

Would Exist Without

'The Expats' would not exist without e-books.

- Chris Pavone

Period Brief Editor

When I was in my mid-twenties, I was a copy editor at Doubleday, and for a brief period, it was my job to help shepherd Pat Conroy's 'Beach Music' into the world.

- Chris Pavone

Writing Occupation

Writing is a solitary occupation; we don't really have any colleagues.

- Chris Pavone

Love I Love Literature

One of the epiphanies I had was that I got into publishing because I love literature.

- Chris Pavone

Been Very Fact

I had been very dismissive of popular fiction - in fact, I'd refused to read it. And then I started working on popular fiction, and I realised these books weren't the same as Hemingway, say, but they were good in a different way.

- Chris Pavone

Loved Editor Great Job

I loved editing, and being a cookbook editor is a really a great job.

- Chris Pavone

Myself Go Realised

Eventually, I realised that I wanted to try to create something myself, and that's what writing novels is. Not because I wanted to put myself in front of the world, but because I wanted to create something that would go out into the world.

- Chris Pavone

General Toward Breathless

'The Expats' is a thriller, but one that tends more toward general fiction than toward breathless pulp.

- Chris Pavone

New City Greenwich Village

I live in Greenwich Village in New York City, but I rarely write at home, where there's too much else to do.

- Chris Pavone

Projects Couple Crappy

I worked in the book publishing business for nearly two decades before I turned my attention to writing, first with a couple ghostwriting projects, plus a crappy novel that absolutely no one wanted to publish. Then I moved to Luxembourg for my wife's job and found the inspiration for 'The Expats.'

- Chris Pavone

Think I Think Becoming

There are plenty of paths to becoming a writer, but I think the most reliable ones involve total commitment: writing for magazines and newspapers, teaching writing, editing books, representing authors.

- Chris Pavone

Very Agent Decade

A writer can spend a decade working obsessively on a novel, but in the commerce of publishing, many of the most important decisions about any book will be made based on very short pitches - from literary agent to editor to sales rep to bookstore buyer to a potential reader standing in the bookstore, asking, 'What's it about?'

- Chris Pavone

TV Ironic Oblique

There's always something at least a little smug about self-reference - magazine articles about idealistic journalists, TV shows about TV actors, ironic films within ironic-er films: all this meta-media populated by thinly disguised characters making oblique inside jokes.

- Chris Pavone

Nevertheless Providing

As an unpublished, nonprofessional writer working on my first novel, I nevertheless had access to extremely talented people who would help make my manuscript better, people who've made careers out of providing careful, constructive criticism to writers. I'm tremendously grateful to them.

- Chris Pavone

Quick Boss Dozens

As a book editor, you need to pitch every one of your books again and again, dozens of times, for months on end. From a quick conversation with your boss or a letter that'll be read by just one person, to a five-minute speech in front of 50 colleagues or cover copy that'll be in front of millions of eyes.

- Chris Pavone

Very Outgoing Conducive

Expats are a self-selecting group of outgoing, confident people - if you're not those things, you probably don't choose this adventure - and the lifestyle is very conducive to making fast, close friends.

- Chris Pavone

Good Any Novel

Any setting can be a good setting for a novel.

- Chris Pavone

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Always Amount Camera

There's always a certain amount of camera improvisation.

- Allan Dwan

Work Amount Tops

Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops.

- Althea Gibson

Been Amount Meant

A great amount has been talked and written about what constitutes a sufficient balance and what really is meant by the concepts of 'balance' and 'deterrence'.

- Alva Myrdal

Actual Income Expand

Having an actual income can expand your romantic horizons toward the more appealing end of the spectrum.

- Al Franken

Other Big Actual

Big climbs energize me. It's all the other aspects of being a pro-climber that wear me down. The travel and expeditions and training can become pretty tiring. But the actual big climbs - that's what I live for.

- Alex Honnold

Which Very Actual

Rush Holt would be a fine senator. He's an actual physicist, which is neat. He cares very strongly about global warming, which is probably the single most pressing issue of our era.

- Alex Pareene

Carried Actual Forwards

In this experiment, made on the 9th of October, 1876, actual conversation, backwards and forwards, upon the same line, and by the same instruments reciprocally used, was successfully carried on for the first time upon a real line of miles in length.

- Alexander Graham Bell

Gold Actual Cleaning

You do not get gold stars for cleaning your toilet. In actual life, there is a depressing lack of stickers.

- Alexandra Petri

Will Given Actual

I do genuinely believe that, when given and presented with all the information and all the actual facts, the vast majority of people will make the right choice.

- Alexis Ohanian

Words Actual Maps

If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.

- Alfred Korzybski

Most Time Spend

I spend the most time with the Wii.

- Alyssa Sutherland

Been Away Amount

Every time I've done a fund raiser, I've been blown away by the amount of money and the generosity that our fans have.

- Amanda Tapping

Love I Love Spend

It's so English to hate L.A. I'd like to say I love it, but I don't. It's such a weird place. If it were my choice, I wouldn't spend a day there. Everything shuts at 11. And everyone thinks they're so crazy and wild and liberal, and they're not!

- Amelia Warner

England Small Amount

A lot of British actors will look at America as such a land of opportunity. In England, there's such a small pool of working actors of color. There's such a small amount of work that is actually produced in the first place.

- Aml Ameen

Think Amount Fifteen

I just think it's so outrageous that fifteen years is the kind of minimum amount of time that any wrongfully convicted person spends in prison.

- Amy J. Berg

Like Shooting Spend

When I'm not shooting, I like to spend time with friends and family.

- Amy Jackson

Character Amount Opens

Losing yourself in the character opens you up in a way that no amount of precise preparation can.

- Ana Gasteyer

Our Spend Simply

We simply can't spend our way out of a recession.

- Ander Crenshaw

Going Passionate Spend

If you're going to spend two years of your life on something, it has to matter to you; you have to be passionate about it.

- Angelina Jolie

Year Spend About A Year

I spend about a year between novels.

- Anne Tyler

I Am Spend Fiber

The time I spend with my kids informs every fiber of who I am.

- Annette Bening