New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about. It can sometimes lead to complications.
It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
I'm the Beast. You're the Beauty," he said. "It's all a story, isn't it?
Writing for young children I find I often use particular jokes with words and exaggerated, funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex stories for older children too.
Anyone interested in the world generally can't help being interested in young adult culture - in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language.
At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young.
It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway.
I hope I am not too repetitive. However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation.
In a way, the characters often do take over.
Time was too much a part of love, for even in fairytales the proof of love was not its first moment, but its latest ones - that people lived happily ever after. Love at first sight was nothing but infatuation until proved by time ...
I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing's as eternal as the dishes
It can certainly happen that characters in more sophisticated stories can "take over" as they develop and change the author's original ideas. Well, it certainly happens to me at times.
At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction.
For in some ways the world was like a shopping centre, and he himself was a doubtful customer, often ineffectual, being talked into buying things he didn't want, things indeed which nobody in their right mind would want to buy.
Try not to become disappointed if someone doesn't like a story you've written. Stick up for your ideas, but listen to what other people say, too. They might have good advice.
Being a librarian certainly helped me with my writing because it made me even more of a reader, and I was always an enthusiastic reader. Writing and reading seem to me to be different aspects of a single imaginative act.
I was able to work out all sorts of attitudes to style and event and character, all of which affected the way I came to think about my own writing. I believe that all good writers are original.
I don't want to die, really. I'm interested in what happens next, so I've got to keep on.
Canadians are Americans with no Disneyland.
I know things are unbearable but in spite of that we have to bear them.
My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven, but of course it is not as simple as that. Like most writers, I had to work at other things to earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings, often very late at night, for many years.
I've never actually been a fighter myself - fighting tires me out and I'm not an efficient fighter anyway - but I have certainly seen other people have great complicated goes at one another.
Family!... You might just as well celebrate battle, murder and sudden death.
Every writer has to find their own way into writing.
Will you still love me when I'm a monster?
a man who builds a house never really dies.
Reading is very creative - it's not just a passive thing. I write a story; it goes out into the world; somebody reads it and, by reading it, completes it.
If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing twice.
Perhaps every time anyone is praised it means that someone else somewhere is going to be ignored