A screenwriter heard me read from my novel 'The Wishbones' when it was still in progress and mentioned me to some producers in Hollywood. They called, and I told them I had a novel in my drawer about a high school election that goes haywire. They asked to take a look, and my life changed pretty dram
It just so happened that for most of my life I've lived in the suburbs.
I did a lot of reading of the Bible and became fascinated with the idea of the Rapture. It's pretty wild. I hadn't heard of it until I was in college.
I think I'm fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it's impossible to ignore.
It just took some people a little longer than others to realize how few words they needed to get by, how much of life they could negotiate in silence.
My wife and I left New York when she got pregnant - we just thought it would be really hard to stay in the city.
I find that even small changes sometimes jog you out of a mental rut.
I'm not sure that it's possible to write a novel about people who don't transgress or stumble, people who don't surprise themselves with the things they do, people who can explain all their actions with perfect logical consistency. At least it's not possible for me to write that sort of novel.
The few times I've tried to write original screenplays, it's a difficult process because I just don't feel like I know the characters the way I know them after the year or two it takes to write a novel.
I really wanted to be a musician, but it turned out I had no sense of time.
They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.
To this day, sheâ€™s still sad. Because thereâ€™s not some finite amount of pain inside us. Our bodies and minds just keep manufacturing more of it. Iâ€™m just saying that I took the pain that was inside of her at that moment and made it my own. And it didnâ€™t hurt me at all.
Meg was going to have to learn for herself what Laurie had figured out over the summer â€” that it was better to leave well enough alone, to avoid unnecessary encounters with people youâ€™d left behind, to not keep poking at that sore tooth with the tip of your tongue. Not because you didnâ€™t love
After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that theyâ€™d actually made some sort of choice.
Jill felt an emptiness open inside of her as she lifted her arm, a sense that something vital was being subtracted from her life. It was always like that when somebody you cared about went away, even when you knew it was inevitable, and it probably wasn't your fault. (341)
Apparently even the most awful tragedies, and the people they'd ruined, got a little stale after a while.
It's not the cheating. It's the hunger for an alternative. The refusal to accept unhappiness.
He made me think of all the books I hadn't read, and all the ones I'd read but hadn't fully understood.
Sooner or later we all lose our loved ones. We all have to suffer, every last one of us.
I find that even small changes sometimes jog you out of a mental rut. Tom Perrott
As for writing about temptation, there's no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama.
Every minute we were together, I felt like I was wandering in the dark through a strange house, groping for a light switch. And then, whenever I found one and turned it on, the bulb was dead.
I was writing very early, like I was involved in our high school literary magazine, which was called 'Pariah.' The football team was the Bears, and the literary magazine was 'Pariah.' It was great. It was definitely a real sub-culture. But I wrote stories for them.
The lesson you have to learn as novelist is how to be collaborative, and how to say, "I don't get to dictate this."
When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture.
It just so happened that for most of my life I've lived in the suburbs. Tom Perr
Because, really, what was worse than lying wide-awake in the dark, watching your life drip away, one irreplaceable minute after another?
I no longer believe that just about everything is funny, if viewed from the proper angle.
I'm used to adapting my novels for feature film - it can be challenging to cut and compress three or four hundred pages into two hours of dramatic action.
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