If you imagine writing 1,000 words a day, which most journalists do, that would be a very long book a year. I don’t manage nearly that… but I have published slightly too much recently.
What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book – a key part of our planet’s cultural legacy.
I don’t pick up my work at all. If it’s something that’s still in progress and I have the chance to make some edits on the material or think about the order, little things like that, I’ll keep those stories at hand and go through them. But once it exists as the book, it’s locked away in a vault, and I kind of put it behind me.
I’ve always liked the tradition of publishing work serially in the comic-book ‘pamphlet’ format and then collecting that work in book form, so I’ve just stuck with it.
Drawn & Quarterly’ has always given me complete editorial control over my books and comics, so any decision about what to include or exclude from the book was my own.
For me, whether it’s in a book or on T.V., a recipe has to be simple. I have a short attention span, so to open a cookbook and see a recipe that goes on for three to four pages, well, I’ve lost interest.
Television viewing has become for me a completely different experience, because I don’t watch shows on a weekly basis. I wait until the DVD or I TiVo everything and wait until the end of a season and watch it all over a weekend. For me that’s a really satisfying experience, like reading a book.
It takes me three months of research and nine months of work to produce a book. When I start writing, I do two pages a day if I’m gonna do 320, that’s 160 days.
I wrote three mysteries and then a contemporary spy novel that was unbelievably derivative – completely based on ‘The Conversation,’ the movie with Gene Hackman. Amazingly, the character in the book looks exactly like… Gene Hackman.
When I read period material – and it ain’t on Google – I am always alert for that one incredible detail. I’ll read a whole book and get three words out of it, but they’ll be three really good words.
A book must have moral purpose to be any good. Why, I don’t know.
I wrote this book, ‘2030,’ and I was careful in the book not to overdo the future because I don’t think it comes that fast.
Looking For Alaska’ by John Green is a very great book. I feel like every teenage girl says John Green’s ‘Fault In Our Stars,’ but ‘Looking For Alaska’ is better.
Some readers sort of suspect that you have another book that you didn’t publish that has even more information in it. I think that readers sort of want to be taught something. They have this idea that there’s a takeaway from a novel rather than just the being there, which I think is the great, great pleasure of reading.
Lives’ is one of those books I should really have written when I was younger. It is the classic childhood, adolescence, breakthrough-into-maturity book. Every beginning writer has that material – and after that, you’re not sure what you can do.
The book is called ‘A House in the Sky’ because during the very, very darkest times, that was how I survived. I had to find a safe place to go in my mind where there was no violence being done to my body and where I could reflect on the life I had lived and the life that I still wanted to live.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
People think, ‘Oh, well how can ‘The Hobbit,’ which is one book, become three films?’ But you can take one line from an appendice and it turns into a whole sequence.
In the same way ‘Lord of the Rings’ was an interpretation of the book, ‘The Hobbit’ is being treated the same way. It will be faithfully represented with a fresh interpretation.
When I’m not working, I would kill to have some sort of creative outlet other than, say, a coloring book. And when I’m working, I want to do all those things I was griping about – you know, make a turkey-and-cheese sandwich, put it in a zip-top bag, and stick it in a lunch box right now!
Radio Shack is meeting the fate of many other stores that were wildly popular in the twentieth century, including record stores, comic book stores, bookstores and video stores.
When I was a lecturer at UC Berkeley, I wrote a book about monsters.
I enjoy journalism anybody does. You see the results immediately you’ve got an immediate audience instead of having to wait for your audience as you do if you’re writing a book, and you get a bit of money coming in, and you can see more clearly how you’re paying the bills. But it’s not a good position for the serious novelist to be in.
Part of being innovative in government is sometimes not trying to plot out the last chapter of the book, but to be open and see what comes back.
I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
Don Quixote’s ‘Delusions’ is an excellent read – far better than my own forthcoming travel book, ‘Walking Backwards Across Tuscany.’
The book may be garbage, but if it weighs in at a kilo or more, I stand before its author in awe.
Occasionally I find a travel book that is both illuminating and entertaining, where vivid writing and research replace self-indulgence and sloppy prose.
A western audience might not appreciate ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ because of its dependence on history and ancient statecraft. My book is a modern-day thriller that draws on a bedrock of history. My primary object is to entertain, not educate.
Conspiracies fascinate me. When I visited the Rozabal shrine in Srinagar before writing my first book, I remember thinking that the person enshrined there was no ordinary mortal. History is rife with mysteries, and that visit ignited a fire to unveil some of them.
That freedom of writing you don’t get in other formats, I’d rather leave it to someone else to deal with the headache of drafting my book into a screenplay.
I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. At the end of the day, I’m a writer who simply loves revealing stuff that is out-of-the-ordinary.
I was passionate about reading from an early age, and I would always be carrying a different book each week.
An author entices the readers with their words, and it is painful for them to even lose a sentence. But films and books are two different mediums and should be dealt differently. What works in a book might not work for a film. When I saw ‘Anna Karenina’ on screen, I didn’t like it at all, whereas ‘The Godfather’ was legendary.
Writing a mystery is like drawing a picture and then cutting it into little pieces that you offer to your readers one piece at a time, thus allowing them the chance to put the jigsaw puzzle together by the end of the book.
When I’m on the couch, I usually have the TV on and my MacBook Air nearby. And sometimes, when my ADD is really kicking in, I have my iPad too. And my iPhone. And a magazine that I haven’t gotten to. And a book under the pillow to my left.
If I have the option, I always read the paper or a book or something I can touch and destroy in my own hands.
Every night, I was read to. Every Friday, we were taken to the library. I always received at least one book for my birthday. I have a few of them yet. Early on, I had my own collection of books. I loved to read. Still do.
I definitely have an affection for detective fiction, and when I first read Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ that book and its author made an enormous impression on me as a reader and a writer, and led me to other hard-boiled American writers like Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald, among many.
My mind has become somewhat like a book. What I mean by that is that when I look at the world, I see it as a story.
The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief – call it what you will – than any book ever written. It has emptied more churches than all the counter-attractions of cinema, motor-bicycle and golf course.
Is ‘The Wind in the Willows’ a children’s book? Is ‘Alice in Wonderland?’ Is ‘Treasure Island?’ These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up.
So I went in front of the judge, and I had my St. Jude prayer book in my pocket and my St. Jude medal. And I’m standing there and that judge said I was found guilty, so he sentenced me to what the law prescribed: one to 14 years.
There is that lovely feeling of one reader telling another, ‘You must read this.’ I’ve always wanted to write a book like that, with the sense that you are contributing to the discourse in middle America, a discourse that begins at a book club in a living room, but then spreads. That is meaningful to me.
No, I had not read any other comedian’s book. Not that I don’t enjoy other comedians I’m just not a reader.
I’m trying to convey to my audience that you really can’t judge a book by its cover, and there’s more to the universe than you can see with your eyes.
There’s no comparison between NPR and the propaganda that you hear from Rush or from Sean Hannity, the news movement conservatives that are just laying out, slathering out the disinformation and the lies, as I discuss in my book, ‘Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.’
And I think that being able to make people laugh and write a book that’s funny makes the information go down a lot easier and it makes it a lot more fun to read, easier to understand, and often stronger. So there’s all kinds of advantages to it.
I’ve thought of publishing a book of my hate mail, but I don’t own the rights to the letters.
It may be true that the only reason the comic book industry now exists is for this purpose, to create characters for movies, board games and other types of merchandise.
Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind or, if not, should never be published at all.
It’s not the same thing to make a work – a film, a book, a play – about youth as it is to make one about old age.
When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you’re an open book, there’s no allure.
I read just endlessly, ceaselessly, almost every book, it seems!
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.
I started writing as a child. But I didn’t think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something – no, maybe junior – and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.
I used to do calligraphy, and I’m afraid that has lapsed, but I’ve always been interested in book printing.
My first book is really about heat. That book, for me, was an exploration of heat as ingredient. Why we don’t talk about heat as an ingredient, I don’t quite understand, because it is the common ingredient to all cooking processes.
I am not in the least eloquent or fluent with languages. My writing on social media is quite pedestrian. But even if it was near any acceptability, I would not be in a position to pen a script or a book.
My favorite anything is always relative to the context of present time, place and mood. When I finish a book and want to immediately find another by the same author and no other, that author is elevated to my favorite.
Yeah, I’m an open book.
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
The sad fact is that actual artistic oppression – book banning in its many modern forms – is a matter of course in the entertainment industry, especially when the underlying product is declared politically incorrect or runs contrary to the interests of Hollywood’s political altar, the Democratic Party.
As an old reporter, we have a few secrets, and the first thing is we try the phone book.
I stole comic books from my brother when I was a kid, but I was never like an avid fan. I can’t claim to be like a comic book geek.
Being on a book tour is like being on the seesaw when you’re a little kid. The excitement is in having someone to play with, and in rising up in the air, but then you’re at the mercy of those holding you down, and if it’s your older brother, or Paul Wolfowitz, they leap up, so that you crash down and get hurt.
E-books are great for instant gratification – you see a review somewhere of a book that interests you, and you can start reading it five minutes later.
If you’re going to publish a book, you probably are going to make a fool of yourself.
Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
It makes more sense to write one big book – a novel or nonfiction narrative – than to write many stories or essays. Into a long, ambitious project you can fit or pour all you possess and learn.
I’ve been really fortunate in that I guess I was hired to do ‘A Cook’s Tour’ I was already a known quantity, meaning I had written a really obnoxious book and nobody expected me to be anyone that I wasn’t already.
When I’m doing a book tour in the States, I’ll wake up in the room sometimes in an anonymous chain hotel, and I don’t know where I am right away. I’ll go to the window, and it doesn’t help there either, especially if you’re in an anonymous strip and it’s the usual Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Chili’s, Applebee’s.
I fear dying in the middle of a book. It would be so annoying to write 80,000 words and not get to the end. I’m phobic about it. So when I’m writing a book I leave messages all over the house for people to know how the story ends, and then someone can finish it for me.
My greatest fear is disappointing the reader, so each book has to be better than the one before.
My favourite part of writing a book is thinking up the ideas, and that can start a long time before I actually sit down at my desk.
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
I think the blues is the best literature that we as blacks have created since we’ve been here. I call it our ‘sacred book.’ What I’ve attempted to do is to mine that field, to mine those cultural ideas and attitudes and give them to my characters.
I knew that if I wrote a new book every six months or every year, if I continued to read great books, eventually I would write something worthy of publication. I understood I might be in my forties or my fifties or even my sixties, but I felt confident that it would happen.
I’m always prepared for the worst. I was prepared to have the book come out, sell seven copies, and have to keep working in advertising, so it was just great that it was received so well and by such a huge audience.
A surprising number of people – including many students of literature – will tell you they haven’t really lived in a book since they were children. Sadly, being taught literature often destroys the life of the books.
Why do we take pleasure in gruesome death, neatly packaged as a puzzle to which we may find a satisfactory solution through clues – or if we are not clever enough, have it revealed by the all-powerful tale-teller at the end of the book? It is something to do with being reduced to, and comforted by, playing by the rules.
I’ve planned book tours for myself, whether or not anybody wants to hear what I have to say. I’ve weighed in on things like what the cover looks like, what the copy looks like, how it’s going to be promoted – just every aspect of it.
The Man in the High Castle’ was not the first alternative history novel, nor even the first Nazis-win-the-war novel, but it is still probably the most influential book in the genre.
When a locked-room mystery doesn’t work, the solution makes you groan, and the book gets hurled across the room.
I find writing a book a slow, intricate process, a kind of obstacle course punctuated with great rewards. But research is always thrilling, and I tend to incorporate newfound material up to the very last minute.
When I had my first gig, I was 18 in January in 2007. My first gig that I got paid, I was playing for 10 people in a 250 people capacity venue. The promoter wanted to book me because he liked my music. I played a couple of songs that made people dance. To me, that rush has always stayed the same.
One of the commitments I made to myself when I decided to write a book was to be brutally honest, particularly about myself.
I think the last book I cried in was Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids.’ I don’t shy away from crying, though. I actually really enjoy being moved like that.
I’ve always wanted to see what Egypt was like when they were building the pyramids or Rome at the height of the empire or Greece – more specifically, Crete before it was destroyed. Why? Because I’m curious how we all hung out on a day to day basis, what was the chit chat, etc. Reading things in a book never gives you the feel.
The thing is when you play a character it’s the persona you bring across from a book to film, or book to script to film. If I play Frank Sinatra, there’s gonna be things I do in a movie that Frank might not have done, but it’s the personality that comes across.
We went to Ibiza, and I was on Ritalin, and, for a kid who couldn’t concentrate, I read a 200-page book on King Arthur, and my mum just hated it. She said it just wasn’t me.
Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it – the information just disappears out of my head.
I did go there later, but I hadn’t been there before I wrote the book. Sometimes I feel like the imagined can feel more real than the real?
I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book. Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself.
I’ve put on makeup just for fun since I was a really little girl. Now I keep a look book for inspiration – with hair, makeup, beauty tips and products to try.
I’m one of those lucky guys making a living out of something I really enjoy doing. That’s a blessing. But you never know. What if my subsequent book series flops? I don’t come from a wealthy background, so I’d be left with no choice. I’d have to go back into banking!
When I’m writing, I am lost in my book. Except family and close friends, I don’t care about what critics, publishers or readers might think.
I consider myself lucky that Sonu Nigam, Bikram Ghosh and Taufiq Quereshi came forward to create an original soundtrack to promote my book, something that hasn’t been tried here before!
The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable.
The highest praise is when a kid says, ‘This book feels so real this could have happened at my school.’
The book is called ‘Most Talkative,’ because I was voted most talkative in high school. And I’ve never stopped talking. My mouth has been my greatest asset and my biggest Achilles’ heel.
My first book was so horrible I have deleted all copies of it. Thankfully, it was before the Internet, so there are no lurking caches of it anywhere.
One of the nice things about a second book is that your readers already have so much of the introductions on board, they don’t have to put all their attention into figuring out the world and can more easily let that play out as a background to the other things you want to do.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’ by Susanna Clarke is a big, thick book. About a thousand pages in paperback. I’ve heard several people say the size alone intimidated them.
My daughter loves romances. She’s a Ph.D student at George Washington University, and when my first book without a clinch cover came out, she said to me: ‘Finally, a book I can read on the Metro.’
I walked the streets of New York I would feel the presence of Daredevil. I would see him up on the rooftop. What you are doing in your life, you start to see in your book. It all starts to merge together.
I like talking about comic book process, and one of the things is that I have plans going ahead for years, and the plans constantly get thrown away and shifted. There’s a difference between planning and what actually happens in life, and comics have a life of their own.
I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain. It’s a book that had a huge impact on me. I loved that as a shape for a novel: put a bunch of people in a beautiful place, give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens.
I don’t write for an audience, I don’t think whether my book will sell, I don’t sell it before I finish writing it.
You reach deep down and bring up what feels absolutely authentic to you as you move along with the book, but you don’t know everything about it. You can’t.
Obsession led me to write. It’s been that way with every book I’ve ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.
Force me to choose my best book, and I always come back to ‘Gorilla.’ It was the first time I felt I understood what picture books could do.
I see ‘Hansel and Gretel’ as a breakthrough book for me, and one of the reasons is because I started to apply meaning to the hidden details.
A close associate of his gave an interview in which the book was described as quotes ‘fiction from being to end’. I suffered trial by tabloid for a couple of weeks, lots of insults in the press, in the columns – this man should be put in the tower and so on.
I first got to know Charles in the late seventies when I wrote an article and then a book about him and I think at the time he came across as quite appealing, it was probably the height of his popularity.
So, yes, ‘Codename Baboushka’ is all-action and over-the-top, at least by my standards. But it also has a complex, multifaceted protagonist, a deep mystery at its core, and a kind of humanity that, through all the bullets and high-kicks, is really the soul of the book.
Modesty Blaise’ is not well known in the United States, but in the United Kingdom, she’s an institution – especially for a comic book reader of a certain age. She’s a wonderful creation, and her strip ran in newspapers for a long time. So whenever female spies come to mind for us, they think of ‘Modesty Blaise’.
Codename Baboushka’ is an action-packed modern pulp spy thriller, in the sort of British tradition of ‘Modesty Blaise’, New Avengers and of course James Bond. It’s a book about Contessa Annika Malikova, the last of a noble Russian line and an enigmatic, mysterious figure in New York high society.
When someone says ‘comic book movies’, what they inevitably mean is a summer superhero blockbuster, with heavily-muscled and tightly-gluted men (plus the occasional token woman) in tight-fitting costumes punching the living daylights out of one another for two hours.
If you do approach a comics publisher, make sure it’s one that publishes the kind of book you want to make. Don’t take your literary fiction to Marvel or DC don’t pitch your Spider-Man epic to Image.
I wrote a book on life coaching, because my life became my own reference point how to live.
When I was writing ‘The White Tiger’ I lived in a building pretty much exactly like the one I described in this novel, and the people in the book are the people I lived with back then. So I didn’t have to do much research to find them.
You know you have a gambling problem when it’s 4 A.M. at the Mirage Sports Book and you’re walking around going, ‘Hey you get the lacrosse scores?’
Not being a comic book fan, being thrown into that and seeing the extreme – it’s taken very seriously. So I tried to do as much learning as I could about it so I wasn’t mean or anything.
You know, I feel like my job is to write a book. Then filmmakers come and they make a movie. And they’re two really different art forms.
Before ‘Giant,’ I had only ever worked with Michael Greif, Michael John LaChiusa and Kate Baldwin in readings. It’s really exciting to be blessed with the opportunity to work with so many I would put in the ‘genius’ book.
One thing I don’t want to feel is marketplace pressure, so I’m really glad I enjoy teaching because I can rely on that for a salary. I think it would be such a different game if I had to write a book that has to sell well.
For me, even in my first book, the pleasures of writing anything magical is that it has to be physical. It has to be grounded and very much in this world. Then, I get to play with all the consequences of this new thing.
I mean to say, this is the book and I really loathe it and I can’t imagine what a nice Jewish boy like me ever, how I ever got into this dreadful trade.
In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
To map the Governor General’s Award is to map both the past and the future of Canadian literature, and to be nominated for my first book is wonderful.
For ‘The Lobster Kings,’ I listened to a lot of Johnny Cash. And it makes its way into the book.
I had not expected to ever be in a position to able to say, ‘Hey, see the magazine with J. Lo on the cover? They reviewed my book inside.’
We’d never expect to understand a piece of music on one listen, but we tend to believe we’ve read a book after reading it just once.
A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language – on all its levels.
A writer stops writing the moment he or she puts the last full stop to their text, and at that point the book is in limbo and doesn’t come to life until the reader picks it up and the reader flips the pages.
I always knew that I wanted to live with books, even as a child, because we traveled a lot. Home was the book to which I came back every evening.
I remember, as a child, the confusion of not knowing what this place was where I was supposed to spend the night: it’s a disquieting experience for a child. And what I would do was quickly unpack my books and go back to a book I knew well and make sure the same text and the same illustrations were there.
I had a library of maybe 1,000 books in my room in Buenos Aires. I did have the sense that everything there was organised in the right way. You’ll probably think I needed serious psychiatric treatment, but there were times when I would not buy a book because I knew it wouldn’t fit one of the categories into which I had divided the library.
But mostly, it’s a book about my relationship with my father.
The trouble with calling a book a novel, well, it’s not like I’m writing the same book all the time, but there is a continuity of my interests, so when I start writing a book, if I call it ‘a novel,’ it separates it from other books.
You are always working on your worst book and your best book at the same time. The praise does not make you write better, and it shouldn’t make you write worse, either.
I have swung on a flying trapeze, explored a glacier, and been hit in the face by a shark’s tail while scuba diving. I like to throw myself fully into projects and adventures, which is probably how I managed to publish a book in the first place.
Honestly, I get character ideas from the most inane places. Sometimes a song will give me an idea. Sometimes I will just hear a snippet of conversation that ends up having nothing to do with the book that emerges.
I want this book to be facts, to be important, to be history.
Irvine, being a planned community, is really good shorthand, especially in a movie or book, for understanding suburban pressures.
I read books all the time. I’m just half looking for something to do I mostly just read for pleasure. Occasionally I stumble across something that could be a movie, but I don’t put a book down just because I don’t see a movie in it, either.
What adults don’t always understand is that to a kid, a comic book is like a movie. My Marvel comics took my imagination to other places – other galaxies.
I can think of no other experience quite like that of being 20 or so pages into a book and realizing that this is the real thing: a book that is going to offer the delicious promise of a riveting story, arresting language and characters that will haunt me for days.
Shetland’ is adapted from the novel ‘Red Bones.’ The book is based around an archaeological dig, and the mystery starts with the murder of the elderly woman who crofts the land where the dig is happening.
Through the eight books in ‘The Treasure Chest’ series, readers will meet twins Maisie and Felix and learn the secrets and rules of time travel, where they will encounter some of these famous and forgotten people. In Book 1, Clara Barton, then Alexander Hamilton, Pearl Buck, Harry Houdini, and on and on.
I’m really lucky with the people around me. They know me, so they don’t confuse the issues, really. They know what a book is and they know who I am and they know the difference between the two.
You write a book and you finish the book. That’s your job done, right? You win the Booker and you have a whole new job. You have to be the thing, right? So instead of writing the story, you somehow are the story. And that I found that sort of terrible.
To make a book convincing, it’s less important that the right tree be in the right place than that the characters are emotionally real.
I think after you write something and you’re finished with it, there is a sense of loss. That this is a world I can’t really re-enter the way that I could when I was working on it. The covers of the book close it to the writer.
Chum was a British boy’s weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.
I read my first book on Woodrow Wilson at age 15, and I was hooked.
My life has been the antithesis of that book ‘The Secret’. I’ve always been interested in doing what I do. I love storytelling and I really enjoyed acting, but it never seemed like a realistic thing.
Even as I was writing ‘Empire State,’ I knew there were more adventures for the main character, private detective Rad Bradley, to have. I also knew that the world was far larger than what I’d presented in book one.
The L.A Trilogy is a series of three novels starring Ray, a robot detective, and his boss, a computer called Googol. Set in an alternative version of 1960s Los Angeles, each book will be more or less standalone but together will form an overarching story arc with ‘Brisk Money’ as the origin story.
A great comic-book cover occurs when it gets a potential reader to pick the book up and start thumbing through it. That’s a comic cover’s job: Attract someone’s attention, and persuade them to try the issue out.
You can be precious about something like ‘Blair Witch’ and say, ‘How dare you approach it as a sequel or remake’ or whatever, but its legacy was so tarnished by ‘Book of Shadows’ that someone had to come in and do something in the spirit of the original.
What I think is interesting is that the more you do, you have to invent a book of rules of what you can do and what you can’t do. And the very real danger is that if your book of rules becomes a book of cliches.
My earnestness at the injustices I witnessed when I was writing ‘Random Family’ may have been my gravest reportorial offense during the early years of reporting. When I discuss the book with students, they often ask me how I could ‘stand by’ in the face of so much suffering the egregiousness wasn’t my powerlessness but my surprise.
When we had to do book reports, I would pick a book that no one read and just make it up and turn that in. I got praised for my imagination.
I’ve always wanted to have a book published – it was a dream of mine, but the thought of actually writing a book made me feel really sick.
I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I’ve just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book.
The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.
I hate the only one of my book jackets when I was made up professionally, my hair made into a smooth bell.
Every play I do, every book I write, every painting I paint, I will struggle with. I don’t know what it’s like for a project to come easy.
I was really surprised at the success of ‘House of Sand and Fog,’ because it is so awfully dark. Believe it or not, when writing it, I never had the word ‘tragedy’ in my head – I wasn’t trying to write a dark book at all.
When I get back from this book tour, I’m planning to learn the internet. Maybe I can hook up in cyberspace.
I had written a book. For various reasons, the publishing industry had decided that my book was going to be ‘important.’ The novel had taken me 12-and-a-half years to write, and after being with the book for so long, I had no real perspective on the merits or demerits of what I had written. I hoped it was good, but feared that it wasn’t.
Pitches are like pages of a book they’re so important. The chess game how I set you up early, and how I’ll do it differently later.
You can’t always go by the book, even in comedy.
I wish – I wish instead of just recommending these books, I could set them down at your doorstep. The collected stories of John Updike, the second volume of T.C. Boyle’s collected stories, and Stanley Crouch’s book about the rise and times of our genius saxophone player Charlie Parker. These are deep books, books that you can get lost in.
Former Dublin newsman Paul Lynch made his debut as a novelist a few years ago with a book called ‘Red Sky in Morning,’ set in mid-19th century County Donegal, where a rage-driven farmer has committed a murder with devastating results.
My attitude is that if anybody of any age wants to read a book, let them, but I do think that no child would want to read ‘Boneland.’
As an actor, you generally don’t get to choose what projects you are part of, so I’ve been very fortunate that ‘The Book of Mormon’ was something I got to be part of. I don’t want to be lofty, but it was groundbreaking, in many ways, for musical theater, so that was really thrilling to be part of.
November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.
The Bible – it’s sort of the other person in the room. There’s this book, the reader, and the Bible.
The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups. I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers and book groups from a couple of churches.
If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don’t think I’d have trouble doing that.
While not my personal favorite of the Disney princess films, ‘The Little Mermaid’ wins hands-down in my book for best Disney adaptation. Little girls waited for more than 150 years for Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ to have a happy ending. Walt Disney finally gave it to her.
There’s a point at which writing a book, or a long article, begins to feel like mental labor, and it’s too painful to connect in the world in any real way mid-process. The only way to survive is to write until it is all said and done.
I am becoming increasingly difficult to please as a reader, but I adore being surprised by a really wonderful book, written by someone I’ve never heard of before.
Flaubert’s Parrot’ is an amphibious book in which what appears to be a personal essay about Flaubertian writing is gradually, delicately transformed into an extremely sad novel in which the differences between character, author, and narrator are less clear than they appear at first glance.
I don’t think that books are wondrous, magical things that come from nowhere. It’s important that a book has clues about where and how it was written.
Writing is so fun precisely because if you take out the right adjective, the readers can decide what kind of book is in their hands. Suspension of disbelief should not be mandatory in contemporary writing.
Throw out the rule book. If you like wearing navy and black together, wear it if you like mixing up gold and silver jewellery, mix it. If you like it, wear it – don’t care about what anyone else thinks.
Britain’s Royal Families’ became my first published book, in 1989, from The Bodley Head, and the rest of the story is – dare I say it? – history!
Writing books that people want to read is helpful – my most successful book is my only police procedural, a very popular subgenre of the very popular crime fiction genre.
You know, I’ve never been a comic book person, just because that’s not my gig and I don’t have a television.
I have a screened in porch, and it’s nice to curl up with a book outside when it’s raining, especially an old battered classic like ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.’
I usually plan to read a book for a half-hour before bed, but then I end up staying awake until 3 A.M. to finish it. Fortunately, my dog doesn’t mind when I keep the bedside lamp on.
I wanted to create a heroine that was flawed. I wanted her to be a real person. She’s selfish, she’s childish, she’s immature and because I’m doing a three-book arc I really played that up in the first book. I wanted the reader to be annoyed with her at times.
Luckily I haven’t fallen into the trap, which has claimed so many writers, of living from day to day thinking ‘Ah, I’ll write a book about that.’
When I’m sniffing around new territory, I often choose, rather randomly, one general book and then follow its bibliography and notes to other, more specialized works and to the primary source material.
Usually a feeling of disappointment follows the book, because what I hoped to write is not what I actually accomplished. However, it becomes a motivation to write the next book.
In 2007, I sold my first book, ‘Grimspace.’ It says it’s SF on the spine. I believe it to be SF, though it’s certainly written differently. I write in first person, present tense, and the protagonist is a woman with a woman’s thoughts, feelings, and sexual desires.
As a writer, you live in such isolation. It’s hard to imagine your book has a life beyond you.
I’m publicizing the book that’s done. I’m writing the book that’s in the hopper, and I’m doing a little advance research on the book to come.
Being a filmmaker in the digital platform has given me complete creative control. I can make what I want, when I want. I don’t have to wait to book an audition.
But then of course you reach a point where you have to say, I’ve got to figure out how this book’s going to end. Otherwise, you’re going to write yourself into so many dead-ends.
I get intrigued by a puzzle, and writing a book is the best way to solve it.
Until Friday Night’ is the first book in my new young adult series, ‘The Field Party.’
You should not do an autobiography if you want to tell the truth. There are a lot of things I know about people. If I can’t say something good about a person, I don’t want to say anything. And since I don’t want to say anything bad, I won’t write a book.
Fame, money and the size of the market are not very important to me. What is, is writing a book that is worth doing and then publishing it. I don’t write books for entertainment, for people to pass the time then throw away.
When I came back to Washington to be The Times’ chief congressional correspondent in 1991, I was looking for a book subject, and Ted Kennedy stood out for two reasons.
Another thing that’s quite different in writing a book as a practicing newspaperman is that if you look at what you’ve written the next morning and you think you didn’t get it quite right, you can fix it.
I am a book reviewer. I write for a glossy magazine called ‘SCI FI.’ The money is not life-changing, but it’s a low-stress gig. Publishers send me their books. More than I could possibly read. I pick a few and write about them, put a very few others on the shelf, to be perused at my leisure, someday.
In my book I don’t just demonstrate that free enterprise is the most efficient way of organizing an economy – which it is. I also show that it’s an expression of American values, and, thus, that a fight for free enterprise is very much a fight for our culture.
This character’s entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn’t recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn’t read, because she doesn’t read English.
The book came after the fall of the Taliban, it says something about Afghan family life. Those kind of stories – what happens behind the scenes on a TV screen – are important.
At the same time, as you know, unless you are a comic book reader, Daredevil is not a known thing.
I like the weight, look, and feel of a book. I enjoy turning the pages, and frequently scan the spines of my many books on the wall, each title a reminder of the stored information and creative thoughts contained therein.
I have to admit that I am really partial to the look and feel of a book. I have been that way my entire life. I like the weight, look, and feel of a book. I enjoy turning the pages, and frequently scan the spines of my many books on the wall, each title a reminder of the stored information and creative thoughts contained therein.
I had thought for years, probably 30 or 40 years, that it would be a lot of fun to try my hand at a classic English mystery novel… I love that form very much because the reader is so familiar with all of the types of characters that are in there that they already identify with the book.
I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
I got a call on a Sunday. ‘Do you want to do ‘The Godfather?’ I thought they were kidding me, right? I said, ‘Yes, of course, I love that book’ – which I had never read.
You need to be naive enough to do things differently. No big publishing house would have allowed us to co-create a fully designed, four color business book in landscape format – because it was contrary to the publishing industry logic. However, we thought of Business Model Generation as a product, not just a book – similar to Apple products.
I think that writing texts, publishing texts, selling texts in a physical book store is one of the important tools for breeding this new generation.
For the longest time, I was auditioning, getting called back, and I had a long string of things not going my way. I thought, ‘Maybe this is never going happen. Maybe I’ll never book a commercial.’
I am very grateful to the electronic world for making my life easier, but there is something about holding a book – the smell and the world of association. Even when e-books are perfected, as they surely will be, it will be like being in bed with a very well-made robot rather than a warm, soft, human being whom you love.
Somebody said writing is easy, you just sit down at your typewriter and open a vein. It depends on the book. Some, I have to do quite a lot of research, which I like. Others are much closer to me.
For a professional writer in the Soviet Union, it works this way. First, you have to have something to say – that’s the main thing. Second, it’s a matter of who publishes you. If your book has real stuff in it, readers will ferret it out, even in a Siberian journal.
I’m supposed to say, Bill O’Reilly, that’s immoral – click – and then walk back in and book his A block the next day and have a fine day and everything be kosher? I don’t think so.
Before ‘Wings’ came out, I told a few people that at the end of book one, readers should think Laurel made the right choice. Then, at the end of ‘Spells,’ they should understand why Laurel made the choice she did.
Blind Curve,’ the book I’m working on now, sprang from a crazy incident that happened to me last year while on my book tour. I was pulled out of my car for a minor traffic violation – an incident that escalated into my being thrown into cuffs and told I was going to jail. Except in my story, the hero doesn’t get off as easily as I did.
I’m all about entertaining and keeping a reader on the edge of their seat, so to me, the social issues have to be meaningful and give the book what’s really ‘at stake,’ but ultimately it’s not about them – it’s always a personal story of everyday people thrust into life-threatening situations and having to perform heroic acts.
One novel that I think is an overriding influence in my life is ‘All the King’s Men,’ the most beautiful book written in the U.S.
A good-humored wife who appreciates most, if not all, of my humor – her price is far above rubies, as the book of Proverbs doesn’t quite say.
When I do a project, I like the idea that someone is going to experience the book, someone is going to experience the film, someone else is going to experience a framed photo on a wall, but they are all going to get to the same root thing as long as all of those mediums are exploring it from the same place.
The technology that threatens to kill off books as we know them – the ‘physical book,’ a new phrase in our language – is also making the physical book capable of being more beautiful than books have been since the middle ages.
I would say that, in the future, the book will be reserved for things that function best as a book. So, if I need a textbook that’s going to be out of date because of new technological inventions, you’re better off having it where you can download the supplements or the update.
I’m happy to see book clubs on TV. Talking about books has always been an important and invigorating part of reading them, and it’s nice that that is getting attention from the media.
Reading was such a formative part of my childhood (along with ‘Loony Tunes’), that it is difficult to pin point the most influential book. But, under an interrogation light I would probably have to say ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte.
I started my career as an actor, then morphed into a playwright who accidentally became a novelist with my first book ‘Fall On Your Knees.’
I had a book that was given to me as a kid that was called ‘Faeries.’ It was this dark, sinister book with pictures that used to scare me because they were these creepy little creatures. But, I was always really drawn to that fantasy world, more than a sci-fi world, in terms of outer space stuff.
Three publishers came to me at the White House after George lost and said, ‘We would like to publish your book.’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t have a book,’ and they said well it’s a well known fact that you have kept diaries.
I know that the last thing a book wants is to just sit around unread, serving as an element of interior decorating. So when I have people over, all they have to do is glance at my books, and I implore them to take a few home with them. If I am really ambitious, I pack books into boxes and donate them to prisons.
Like many other women, I could not understand why every man who changed a diaper has felt impelled, in recent years, to write a book about it.
My career is an open book, but my life is not.
I would have never wanted to write another management book. There are so many of them, and everybody says the same thing about them, and they are all the same – they give the exact same advice. It’s like a diet book they all say eat less calories, exercise more, and every single book has the same conclusion.
I think that business book reporting, it’s all Jim Collins, it’s the story of victory it’s success bias over and over again.
Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
Doing everything with one arm, being well-known, and having a book and a movie, it’s fairly abnormal. As far as just not having to worry about past experiences, I’ve healed very well.
I’ve worked with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years, and we have this magnificent photographer, Tad Motoyama. He takes these wonderful, wonderful animal pictures. All through the years he’s given me copies of these pictures. Well, I have all these gorgeous ones, so I said, ‘Tad, I want to do a book with your picture on one side.’
I’m in the middle of my sixth book, which is about animals at the Los Angeles Zoo.
One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.
My mother always kept library books in the house, and one rainy Sunday afternoon – this was before television, and we didn’t even have a radio – I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered I was reading and enjoying what I read.
To me, the greatest invention of my lifetime is the laptop computer and the fact that I can be working on a book and be in an airport lounge, in a hotel room, and continue working I fire up my laptop, and I’m in exactly the same place I was when I left home – that, to me, is a miracle.
I once joked in a book that there are three things you can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he is ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.
Book tours are really kind of fun. You get to stay in nice hotels, you are driven everywhere in big silver cars, you are treated as if you are much more important than you are, you can eat steak three times a day at someone else’s expense, and you get to talk endlessly about yourself for weeks at a stretch.
I don’t plan to write another science book, but I don’t plan not to. I do enjoy writing histories, and taking subjects that are generally dull and trying to make them interesting.
The first book I did – the first successful book – was a kind of a travel book, and publishers in Britain encouraged me to do more.
In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home. I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
If I get a chance to write a comic book or do a voice in an Adult Swim show, I do it. It’s much more fulfilling to me and I get to work with people who I’m a fan of.
Every book has mistakes in them, every one. There’s never been a book published without mistakes.
When you put a book together and arrange it, there’s a lot of anxiety and turmoil about what order the poems should be in.
I have a stack of those plastic card hotel room keys that I picked up on this latest book tour. It’s about a yard tall. Ah yes, a stack of lonely nights.
I find a lot of poetry very disappointing, but I do have poets that I go back to. One book of poetry that I’d like to mention is ‘The Exchange’ by Sophie Cabot Black. Her poems are difficult without being too difficult.
The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They’re monumental. They’re straight out of Page 52 in your school history book.
Even when I was in school shows, in elementary school doing plays, I’d always go off book and start improvising.
With a small town mentality, you make a decision very early on as to whether you are going to do everything by the book or just go your own way and not care.
My life has been an open book, for better or for worse.
There may yet be another Watergate book. I have thought a book about the aftermath of Watergate and its impact could be done, perhaps by me or someone else.
When you audition for something, and you book it, you think, ‘Okay, well, I got the job, and now I actually have to show up on set and do it.’ So, you show up on set, and you don’t know, ‘Am I going to get swallowed up by these people?’
The art of the three-minute song is more like journalism than writing a big 400-page book. You want to be brief, you want to make sense right yen and there. And sometimes that takes a bit of work.
Every night, I have to read a book, so that my mind will stop thinking about things that I stress about.
All through my life, I was hated on. When I was in middle school, they used to write in my rhyme book, ‘You suck’ or ‘This sucks.’
We book our exports forward for more than a year, and so we have a fixed rate. We do not get the spot rate that we see in the market every day.
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.
My criteria for what makes a book an official ‘favorite,’ is based almost entirely on how desperately I don’t want the story to end.
I can understand the allure of a venerable Big Six imprint, of a shot at the New York Times list, of a publisher-sponsored book tour, of seeing your hardbacks in bookstores and your paperbacks in supermarkets.
I wouldn’t say that ‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’ is a book on cosmology. Cosmology certainly plays a big part, but the major theme is our ever-evolving understanding of space and time, and what it all means for our sense of reality.
Writing for the stage is different from writing for a book. You want to write in a way that an actor has material to work with, writing in the first person not the third person, and pulling out the dramatic elements in a bigger way for a stage presentation.
If I don’t book a job, I like to see it not as a rejection but as a redirection to something different.
I’ve always been really hard on myself. If I didn’t book a job, I would cry.
I loved writing ‘Two Brothers’ more than anything else I have written. It’s the first book I’ve written that I’ve always known I wanted to write. Having said that, it also kept me awake at nights.
I have a book of buildings from 25,000 BC. These are huts built out of mammoth bones. These buildings were beautifully made, from the bones of the body into shelter.
I can tell you this, if it wasn’t for my book royalties, I’d be in debt.
If we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then we shouldn’t be recognizing it only as a book of historical and economic significance.
If we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book.
Some Sundays, I read it quickly – other Sundays, I savor it. I generally spend most of my time in ‘The New York Times Book Review,’ ‘Sunday Business,’ ‘Sunday Review,’ and ‘The New York Times Magazine.’ I turn all the other pages, only stopping when I find a headline that interests me.
When I think about the books I’ve written, it probably takes 150,000-200,000 words to get a 50,000 page book. Highlighting something and hitting Cmd-X is second nature.
Every book for me is an exorcism in some way or another, working through my feelings at the time.
If I want to write a movie, I’ll write a screenplay, but if I have an idea for a book, it’s something that I think can only be done novelistically.
I had no idea that ‘Less Than Zero’ was going to be read by anyone outside of Los Angeles, and it’s – believe me, as the writer of the book I’m somewhat amused and intrigued by the idea that 25 years later it’s still out and people are still reading it.
I’m totally open to it being a movie or a television series or whatever, but truthfully, if no one wants to do it right, I’m also happy for ‘Ex Machina’ to only ever exist as a comic book.
Even though I was trained in play writing and screenwriting, when I sat down to write a comic book for the first time, Alan Moore was first and foremost in my mind.
Anyway, in the mid 80’s I was spending a fortune buying old Golden Age books from the late 30’s and 40’s and I was making personal appearances at a lot of sci fi and comic book conventions all around the country here so that I could find books for my collection.
If you had told me in 1997 that even 5 people would be waiting online for me to sign my new book in 2009, I would have jumped around like Joe Carter in the 1993 World Series. I love it. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t like it. The only thing I worry about is carpal tunnel syndrome – my last tour almost caused it.
I want the ‘Book of Basketball’ to do well if only so I can shop an absolutely ridiculous topic for my next book: like, a book about basketball cards, or an unauthorized biography of A. J. Daulerio.
Whenever I have a few hours to dive into a book, I am happy.
I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the first book had not sold… doesn’t bear thinking about, but I suppose we’d have made it work somehow.
Judy couldn’t move to Britain for family reasons, so I had to come to the States, and the U.S. government wouldn’t give me a Green Card, so I airily told her I’d write a book.
One book at a time… though I’m usually doing the research for others while I’m writing, but that sort of research is fairly desultory and I like to stick to the book being written – and writing a book concentrates the mind so the research is more productive.
Book tours and research provide a lot of travel – too much, I sometimes think, but we do take vacations.
When I write and develop things myself, I might work for a while on a script from a book, and then I go back and read the book and go back into it to see if I lost something: is there something there?
I worked on ‘Lonesome Dove’ three weeks all together. When I heard they were doing it, I wanted to be involved since I’d read the book.
I read that book, ‘Lonesome Dove,’ and I told my agent that they were gonna make a miniseries out of it and I wanted to be in it. I didn’t care what part.
The whole purpose of writing a book is to be understood – if other people write about you, they try to guess why you did things, or they hear things from other people.
If a writer I represent gets a bad or unfair review, I suffer. I’m upset and outraged and do everything I can to try and change that. But I would never do that on behalf of my own book because I wouldn’t expect my writers to do that.
The movie is actually from a book by Stephen King called The Body. When they were gonna put it to a motion picture, they found the story was a bit too strong for the title The Body, based on a young kid’s movie. It would be too heavy.
My first book, ‘The Age of Wire and String,’ came out in 1995, and it was hardly reviewed at all.
I use Pinterest for everything. Book collections, trips, hobbies. It’s all there. I planned my wedding on it. When I had a kid, I planned all his stuff on it. So it was nice to discover that I wasn’t the only one.
Never have a picture of a well-adjusted African on the cover of your book, or in it, unless that African has won the Nobel prize.
I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children’s stories.
There are some good teachers out there, but the only one who is a genius at diagnosing my swing is my mom. She took up golf late, when she was 39, but in her younger days, she was an amazing athlete. She never read an instruction book or took lessons, but she has a remarkable eye for motion.
Everyone’s waiting for the seventh book, and looking at each other saying, ‘Oh, I wonder will I be in the running?
My first Kickstarter project created a book called ‘Clear and Present Thinking’, a college-level textbook on logic and critical reasoning, which was made available to the world for free. As a professor myself, I observed that the price of textbooks was too high for some of my students.
I am stunned by how much time and effort I must spend marketing my book and interacting with my readers. With social media, you don’t just publish a book and figure you’ve done your part your fans want to talk to you, have a conversation.
Technology has changed the way book publishing works, as it has changed everything else in the world of media.
One of the things I did in my book, I start off with, is explaining how great our grace was: the things we were able to accomplish after the first one-hundred years from slavery.
I don’t really read ‘business books,’ and I didn’t think ‘The Paradox of Choice’ was a business book. I’m very surprised and gratified that the business world thought it was one.
What I look for in any book is an argument, based on evidence, that changes the way I think about something important.
My voice is rather quirky. It’s abysmally low. People often think I’m putting it on at first. Think drunk Darth Vader. Or Barry White singing country. It suits my dark material. When I do readings, I really play it up and go subterranean. I can make the phone book sound terrifying.
The difference between the extras here and in France is the French extras read books. Actually, they hide the book and pretend that they’re acting. Here, you can see everybody wants his break.
I just love the idea that people disappear into the story for a while. You grab a book, and you want to get back to it, and your life becomes a bit of an interruption. I would love readers to feel like that.
The average actor might only be able to book six to eight guest star jobs a year – that would be high. So when you start doing the math, you can’t live on that in Los Angeles.
The Word of God is so much broader than people are giving it credit for. Look at Proverbs, a book written on how to live.
I married a man who was jealous about everything. If I got enthusiastic about a book, about a flower, about a place, about a human being – jealous. ‘Don’t do it! Stop.’ It was depressing, and I couldn’t take it.
It was actually Peter’s idea that I should make the film. He called me in the very beginning, and I hadn’t even read the book. So I read it and I liked it very much and I knew I’d certainly like to do it.
One thing I often talk about in my business is that an eBook is not like a print book: it’s very, very different. It’s organic. It’s changing.
But to me, the most important page in my daughter’s book is the last one – because it’s blank. It says ‘Your Hero’s Photo Here,’ and ‘Your Hero’s Story Here.’
The next time you download a book on Kindle, buy a Michael Moore screed at Barnes & Noble, or order up a political movie from video on demand, remember that it is the Supreme Court’s decision in ‘Citizens United’ that guarantees you the right to do so.
I’ve been recording audiobooks for more than 30 years. I’ve recorded over 500 titles on all sort of things. I’m a sort of genre-free recording artist – classics and romances, I just finished a sci-fi book, self help… just all kinds of things.
People think that if you’ve written a book and somebody’s given you a pat on the back then, you know, it’s all – you’re all settled, you know? You’re going to be fine. I know that if I’m not confused, and really afraid, my work isn’t going to be any good.
I’m a big Michael Lewis fan. That said, my favorite Lewis book was ‘The Blind Side.’
The Man Who Never Was,’ by Ewen Montagu, remains the best book about wartime espionage written by an active participant – incomplete, and dry in parts, it nonetheless summons up the ingenuity and sheer eccentricity of those who played this strange and dangerous game.
In terms of a narrative nonfiction book, when you’re describing scenes that you have multiple sources for, and that you have differing sources for, and you decide to choose a path that puts all that information together, well yeah, there’s definitely going to be a little bit of the author in that. But there’s nothing wrong with that.
As an author, you hope for a director and a cast that will make something wonderful out of your book.
As an author, you can’t expect a movie to be an illustration of the book. If that’s what you hope for, you shouldn’t sell the rights.
Working on an adaptation is not as satisfying, because it’s not your original work: you’re interpreting. With ‘L.A. Confidential,’ I loved the book. In that case, I felt I was guardian of the work, staying as true to the novel as I could. I’ve since met the novelist, and he loves the movie and the script.
I was in a bookstore one afternoon, and I stumbled across this book called ‘A Guide to Film Schools.’ I always loved movies growing up and had never even conceived that it was something you could do for a living. Realizing most of them were in Los Angeles and knowing that was warm, I ended up applying.
When you meet someone for the first time, that’s not the whole book. That’s just the first page.
From time to time, just about every ‘Vanity Fair’ writer has a chance to sell rights to an article or a book to Hollywood.
All the way back in 1999, when I first stumbled upon the idea of a project tracking John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson and all the major Depression-era bank robbers, I thought the subject was too big to be a single book. Instead, with a friend’s help, I pitched the idea as a miniseries to HBO. To my amazement, they bought it.
There’s always a slight tension when you sell a book to Hollywood, especially a nonfiction book. The author wants his story told intact the nonfiction author wants it told accurately.
What I had noticed is that there weren’t a lot of women lining up to see a comic book movie, but they were going to line up to see ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ which may have been something I wanted to address.
The first book I wrote was The Bride Price which was a romantic book, but my husband burnt the book when he saw it. I was the typical African woman, I’d done this privately, I wanted him to look at it, approve it and he said he wouldn’t read it.
As soon as I finish a book, I sell the paperback rights to different publishers and that’s where I recoup my money.
I wanted to be of service to the Peace League, and how could I better do so than by trying to write a book which should propagate its ideas? And I could do it most effectively, I thought, in the form of a story.
I became a writer because I love to read, yet I never get to unless I’m reviewing a book or doing research.
As we have seen again and again, when Amazon doesn’t get the economic conditions from suppliers that it seeks, it simply goes its own way. In the book business, that has meant publishing its own titles under the various Kindle imprints. Now it’s making diapers.
When I do research, I cast my net very widely and then snatch what feels right out of that. Occasionally I’ll read a specific book for a specific book, but usually I’m trying to increase my general understanding.
Since I spend such a long time making each book, I only choose books that I’m really interested in and that I really love.
A friend suggested that I get a job at a children’s book store so I could meet kids and read books, and that turned out to be the single best bit of advice I’ve ever gotten.
A lot of times, people complain about how books and stories change when they’re translated to the screen. But I think sometimes people forget that a lot of changes have to be made because we’re not in a book when we’re watching a movie.
I was 16 when I started playing. I borrowed a friend’s acoustic guitar, and I had a Beatles chord book. I just taught myself that way.
Every single line on the Oscar show is negotiated. Unless you’ve been there, you have no idea how it is put together. It’s like nothing else on earth. I’m writing a book about it, but I have to throw in my sexual escapades to make sure it sells.
You know, he would go and look at different funny books because he wanted his character to be different and make different faces. I saw a funny book in his room and it looked like the same character he was playing. It was about a duck.
I make personal appearances around the country. I’m starting a book tour now, and I may be coming to Toronto with the Learning Annex, which I’m doing all through the United States, so that may come up just before Christmas.
My book is very wild. But you know during the period of BATMAN, that there were thousands of Batman and Robin costumes sold and these weren’t just for kids.
In fact I have a full page warning, right in the front of the book, that no one under the age of eighteen should read this book and no one should even turn the pages if they are sexually conservative or erotically deprived.
In plotting a book, my goal is to raise the stakes for the characters and, in so doing, keep the reader mesmerized.
As I plotted ‘Blueprints,’ I realized that ageism against women is most obvious in the field of entertainment – and that I needed a TV show in my book.
I can do a book in three months if I spend all day, seven days a week at it and, in fact, I work better that way.
Getting an idea for a book is not the problem, but you need 300 ideas – an idea a page.
I wrote my first book at eight, all of four pages. At 10, I did a 40-page story. At 12, I wrote two stage plays.
My generation of bossy, confident, baby-boom women were something brand new in history. Our energy and assertiveness weren’t created by Betty Friedan, unknown before her 1963 book, or by Gloria Steinem, whose political activism, as even the Lifetime profile admitted, did not begin until 1969.
I was incredibly determined – I wrote short stories, I wrote the beginnings of novels. I wrote a little children’s book and sent it to the editor-in-chief of the children’s division of Simon and Schuster and she asked me to write a little children’s book for a series she was doing.
Well in the book Carrie was my alter ego. In real life, Sarah Jessica and I don’t look anything alike. But people do say that we sound alike. Sarah Jessica is an adorable girl and she is very funny.
The reason I call my book ‘Irreverent’ is because there were a lot of pictures that were very irreverent. Maybe I could call my book ‘Forgiving’ because maybe I made a lot of errors, too.
Everybody’s idea of a great book is different, of course. For me it’s one that makes my jaw drop on every page, the writing is so original.
I’d love to see a good script of one of my books, in these years of animations and comic book sequels, and had so many written over the years, but none quite clicked.
There isn’t a book that has changed me, but I have favourites such as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which I often re-read.
Before bed, I read a book or flip on the radio – I’m not picky, I’ll just turn it on and see what comes up. I burn a yummy lavender- scented candle.
Perfect heroines, like perfect heroes, aren’t relatable, and if you can’t put yourself in the protagonist’s shoes, not only will they not inspire you, but the book will be pretty boring.
I have specific playlists for different books and characters. So, I need to have those with me. It helps me get into the mindset of the book.
I think that ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ is definitely a book where all the characters are tested to their limits, and they have to make really significant choices about who they are and who they wanna be.
When a movie is being made out of a book, there is a mixed reaction on the part of fans because they are both extremely excited and they are also terrified. ‘They are going to take my story, and they are going to mess it up they are going to ruin it they’re going to do this they’re going to do that.’
I try to answer all my fan mail. Sometimes I get questions from people who obviously only read the Wiki but haven’t read the books. I’m like, ‘But you have to read the book or you’re not going to get it.’
In music, you can use metaphors with ease – if a person doesn’t understand the parable, they can still enjoy the melody of the music. If, however, a person reads a book and misses the meaning of its metaphors, this will be extremely disheartening for both the reader as well as the author.
A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare – let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
What a book a devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.
Every time I had a book come out, I’m like, ‘Is it going to be number one?’
The comic book world is so dangerous, you know what I mean? You say one thing and people – they’re ravenous – they are very opinionated fans. But they’re great fans.
What did people do prior to cell phones? Read a book? If I’m stuck in a car, and I don’t have my phone, I’m like, ‘What am I doing?’ Car rides used to be one of my favorite things.
I don’t usually read self-help books, but I read a great book by a guy called Wayne Dyer: ‘The Power of Intention,’ which I loved.
I can’t cook, but I have a nice book of menus… and I can plate and set the table.
I wanted to be a shoe designer, but I never thought it could be a profession. But what was the alternative? Doctor? Too dirty! Air-hostess? Maybe not! Then someone gave me a book on Roger Vivier, and, cheri, instantly I knew that was it!
Now, to describe the process of the Wrapped Reichstag, which went from 1971 to ’95, there is an entire book about that, because each one of our projects has its own book. The book is not an art book, meaning it’s not written by an art historian.
We are probably the only artists in the world who have a 2,000-page book on a work of art that doesn’t exist. But in this way, these projects reveal their identity through this whole process. When I’m starting, I only have the slightest idea of how the work of art will exist.
I propose to construct a new chart for navigating, on which I shall delineate all the sea and lands of the Ocean in their proper positions under their bearings and further, I propose to prepare a book, and to put down all as it were in a picture, by latitude from the equator, and western longitude.
My dear wife has, I would say, probably never opened a religious book, and seems to be one of those people to whom the whole idea is utterly remote and absurd.
With a book, you’re guaranteed the audience has a certain skill level and that the audience has to make an ongoing effort to consume this product and that the project is being consumed by just one person at a time. I really want to play to that strength because it’s one of the few advantages books still have.
While writing, I tend to repeat the same song, endlessly, for thousands of times. This helps me ignore any lyrics, and helps create a consistent mood for each book.
My only writing ritual is to shave my head bald between writing the first and second drafts of a book. If I can throw away all my hair, then I have the freedom to trash any part of the book on the next rewrite.
I think a lot of people saw ‘Fight Club’ and thought, ‘Right, here’s our next Che Guevara, here’s our next Fidel Castro, here’s someone who’s going to wave the flag.’ And I was like, ‘No, it’s just a book. And if I beat that drum, if I play that song one more time, I won’t have a career.’
Your life isn’t about doing one perfect ‘thing’ and then falling down dead. It’s more like going to church or writing a book. You do it over and over, always trying to be a little bit better. Then you die.
I have this book club, and we don’t read one book we offer up a few suggestions and create a library over time.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
Facebook is not very good at dealing with named groups they’re not very good at saying, ‘We’ve got this book club and I’m a member and you’re not.’ But membership is one of the precursors to a lot of social action.
With ‘Seven Deadly Sins,’ there was a lot of personal stuff in there that I didn’t even realize I’d been carrying around for awhile. And a lot of guilt involved, a lot of emotion, a lot of depression. Once I was done writing that book, I was able to really let go of that stuff.
When I write a book… it’s the same essential approach to music as with books. It has to be something I want to hear or read. Hopefully the audience comes along, since that’s the only way you can write righteously. I have to ask, ‘What do I want to hear?’ not ‘What do people want to hear?’
I’m not gonna do the same, tired, standard ‘I was born in a log cabin…’ kind of book. There’s so much more I want to do.
The process of writing a book has given me a whole new reverence for writers. Mechanically, it is a brutal process emotionally, it’s incredibly healing.
I’m reading a book, because I’m brainy. No, it is a book – if you don’t know, it is like a blog except bigger.
As I have studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I have come to know through the power of the Spirit of God, that these books contain the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A great book seeks to explain causality, not correlation. It works to point out the circumstances in which it works, and where it doesn’t. And in so doing, it is broadly applicable.
I read every book there was on jazz, about the original players – King Oliver, Buddy Bolden and all those groups. At one time I was fairly well schooled in that… I could tell you who played where and when, historically, way before my time.
I’ve made mistakes, I’ve misspoke, I am sure I will again sometime, but that happens, that’s part of being human in my book. I’m OK with that. I’ve never done it maliciously, ever.
In ‘The Founders,’ his new book about top charter schools, Richard Whitmire traces both the ‘revolution’ these schools brought about in many American cities as well as a parallel phenomenon, ‘the charter pushback campaigns.’
I have never appreciated a quiet moment with a friend as much, a quiet moment with a book and I think part of that is my obsession with being older and time going faster and it’s become increasingly sweeter for me.
Many women have told me they remember where they were when they read the book, and how they felt suddenly that what they really thought or felt about things made sense.
Honestly, so much of my book is about the best things in my life have happened since I’m 40.
This book was company for me – I wrote these things when I was in hotels, far from where I normally live. I never intended to publish it.
When I read the ‘Twilight’ book, I didn’t see it as fantasy. I saw it as a love story.
Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.
A film based on a jolly good John Grisham book is fine, but I like to get a bit under the skin.
The title ‘Now He Sings, Now He Sobs’ comes from ‘I Ching,’ an ancient Chinese book that I was into in the ’60s when I was studying different philosophies and religions.
Each book is a separate entity for me. When I’m writing it, I enter its world and inhabit its vocabulary. I forget, as it were, that I ever wrote anything else.
I didn’t know anything about ’12 Years a Slave.’ Not the book, not Solomon Northup, which I was quite shocked by, once I’d read it, that it wasn’t a seminal text. I think it deserves to be.
I sculpted for four or five years. Mostly for my own amusement, I decided to do a picture book, and that was kind of a turning point.
Peter Rabbit’s not a rabbit. Peter Rabbit is a proxy for the child who reads the book, and they imagine themselves in the rabbit’s position.
It was the case for a number of years that I was doing a book a year, but that was back when I was part-time teaching – and since 1991, I’ve been a parent, so that cuts into the time!
I’ve always thought of the book as a visual art form, and it should represent a single artistic idea, which it does if you write your own material.
When somebody says, ‘This must be a children’s book,’ basically they’re saying, ‘You must be a child.’ And so my answer is, ‘Well, yes, I guess I am a child.’ But I don’t think of myself that way.
I always thought the name of my first book would be ‘The Insecure Chef,’ because when I started cooking, I was so nervous.
With a hardcover, you get two chances, a year apart, for the book to make an impact – often with a new cover featuring artfully crafted snippets of reviews, a new marketing campaign and maybe even a new publisher.
Book clubs, both online and in person, have become a large percentage of the reading public, and many of them won’t consider reading books in hardcover.
When I first started dating my husband, I had this weird fascination with the circus and clowns and old carnival things and sideshow freaks and all that. About a month after we started dating, he bought me this amazing black-and-white photo book on the circus in the 1930s, and I started sobbing.
The best critics do not worry about what the author might think. That would be like a detective worrying about what a suspect might think. Instead, they treat the reader as an intelligent friend, and describe the book as honestly, and as entertainingly, as possible.
When a new book comes out or becomes accessible in whatever form, I get it and I read it.
I’m accused of, and perhaps rightly so, of not being mean enough. I’ve been taken to task in many a book review a good satirist has to, you know, has to kill.
I was very priggish as a child. I saved up for a book on medieval English nunneries, for which I was despised by my friends.
If I’m in a state about a book, I’ll get up at 6 A.M. and write before breakfast, but usually I’ll start afterwards and then work a full day with a break for lunch.
The book, ‘Citizen,’ begins with daily encounters, little moments, places where language reveals how racism determines how we interact.
No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, – something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book.
I was reading about all of these medical and psychological experimental programs that the government and various intelligence agencies had run throughout the 20th century. Any book you can read on that, there’s some really horrifying and fascinating stuff that goes on there.
A parentologist is a person who writes a book about parenting that is very clear about answers to, ‘How am I supposed to raise my child?’ Some of these well-intentioned people may be a bit too sure-footed on the sometimes slippery slope of parenting.
When I was writing ‘You Suck,’ in 2006, I constructed the diction of the book’s narrator, perky Goth girl Abby Normal, from what I read on Goth blog sites.
I just finished a novel called ‘Exult,’ by Joe Quirk, last night. It’s about hang gliding. I liked his first book, too, ‘The Ultimate Rush.’ I now know that I never, ever, ever want to go hang gliding, so that’s good.
When you go on book tour, you’re always talking about yourself and your book from the time you get up in the morning until you go out at night. You, you. You get really sick of yourself.
You know, a vampire book is not a book to be the vehicle for big themes and stuff, where sometimes when you’re dealing with art or the life of Christ or the oeuvre of Shakespeare, you know, it’s a little more ambitious.
Webster and I are very aloof. The two of us go and sit there by ourselves. I sit by myself in the corner with my book and the newspaper. He kind of runs around a little bit, and then he goes and sits on top of the picnic table. He never plays with other little dogs.
I can say pretty confidently that I am not the right guy to do a superhero movie, just because I was not a comic book kid. I don’t know that mythology, and I don’t have it ingrained in me in the way that a lot of these other directors do.
I lived in the Republic of Ireland. I wrote a book about the North but as an outsider. The hatreds there were not mine. I never felt them. I liked how open in most ways Catalan nationalism was, compared to Irish nationalism. I disliked the violence and cruelty in Ireland.
When a book comes from the publisher and you see it for the first time… Of course it’s not remotely like seeing a baby for the first time, but I can remember with each book what room I was in when I opened it. That would be excitement, though, I think. Not pride.
Mark Twain’s Roughing It is a book that many people don’t know about, but I highly recommend to anybody at any age.
With ‘The Angel’s Game’, there was a lot of pressure from the expectations – expectations from the book industry and from readers it’s natural.
The experience of reading a book is always unique. I believe that you render a version of the story, when you read a book, in a way that is unique and special to each person who reads it.
I’m trying to get in the habit of, you know, picking up a book and learning how to write my feelings down, not my feelings but my thoughts, about things, and hopefully I’ll moving toward the writing and directing thing soon.
I love a big book, but it’s what most people like which makes commerce sing.
Everyone who moves to New York City has a book or movie or song that epitomizes the place for them. For me, it’s ‘The Cricket in Times Square’, written by George Selden and illustrated by Garth Williams.
Whenever I go to Germany I find that my readers have T-shirts with my book covers printed on them. They come to all the events, they have gifts and they come with their families. They are always very open to sharing their personal stories.
I used to be an editor and I was editing young adult series. I didn’t really like the books that I was reading, so I decided that I would write a book about something I’d want to read if I was 16. It turned into a Cinderella story… I developed a proposal and the characters of ‘Gossip Girl’ for my job.
Back in my days as a children’s book editor, my superiors caught on to the fact that teenagers were using the Internet to gossip about each other, and thought it might be nifty to develop a series of books about an anonymous high-school blogger who gossips about her classmates. The concept was passed on to me.
I feel like every time I start up, it’s like a truck you have to get into 15th gear, so you very solely crank into that mental space where you feel really immersed in the world of the book and then you can just kind of go. But there’s just that few days of frustration to get to that point.
You know, in the old days, you might be able to slowly sort of build an audience for your work by publishing two, three novels before you hit it big. You know, now, there’s much more of an emphasis in the publishing houses on making sure that every book makes money.
I’ll read pretty much anywhere and anytime, but for a while now, I’ve really enjoyed reading on flights, especially the longer hauls, when I’m unplugged from everything and can completely immerse myself in the world of a book and submit happily to its rhythms, perspectives, ideas.
I believe if you write a great book, the chances are it’ll get a great reception.
I’ve often wished when I started a book I knew what was going to happen. I talked to writers who write 80-page outlines, and I’m just in awe of that.
I think the most important lesson isn’t necessarily to try and write a different book every time, or to try and brand yourself and write one specific kind of book, but to write the kind of books you love to read.
I try very hard to write the best book I possibly can, every time.
I’ve written a lot of books now I’ve been published for over 30 years. I hope with every book I learn something new, and with every new novel I try to improve the process of writing.
Whether it’s music, loss of something, loneliness or friendship – if that emotion is heightened in some way and painted to fit in between the covers of 32 pages, that can become a picture book.
Usually, a number of events will be going on around me to start me on a book. What I mean is, I will have read a poem or seen a picture that is lingering in my mind.
Whatever I’m thinking about has got to fit into thirty-two pages, the standard picture book size. So that’s something. But the structure and the form for me are almost the most important, because these will express as much as words and images will the content of the work.
Somewhere in this process, I begin reading and showing my book to my audience. When I say my audience, I mean a single imaginary child who is a blend of myself as a young person, the students in my wife’s classroom of first- through third-graders, and the students from two classrooms I visit regularly in the Bronx, New York.
With any book, I try to find where the manner of the making of the book is appropriate to the matter of the subject.
When I present the Charlie Parker book, I do a call and response that works quite well. With the Thelonious Monk book, I play the music and work with kids in a group to create a color wheel and show how the wheel can be mapped on a 12-tone chromatic scale.
If it’s just brushstrokes wrestling around, it isn’t much of a picture book, is it? There still has to be a picture. And maybe it needs to be a picture of a dog named Daisy or a little girl riding a bike. So I have to be careful before I get too carried away in the manner itself.
When I was 11 years old, I thought, ‘All I really wanna be able to do is my own comic book,’ and I’m doing it. I don’t have any other real ambitions. I have nothing to conquer at all.
I had an insanely long commute – New York to D.C. – when I worked at ‘National Geographic.’ I hate to waste time, so I spent my time by writing about my life on the premise that I might be able to pitch those as short essays to magazines. It wasn’t until later that I realized that I was writing a book.
I write in a very peculiar way. I think about a book for 25 or 30 years in a kind of inchoate way, and at one point or another, I realize the book is ready to be written. I usually have a character, a first line, and general idea of what the book is going to be about.
I was swimming in my swimming pool when ‘The Secret Lovers’ popped entire into my head. I got out, dried off, went upstairs, and finished the book in about 50 days.
I actually imagined ‘Thunderbolts’ as a straight-up comedy book in a lot of ways, like a very dark comedy book, whereas ‘Red Lanterns’ is more of a cosmic saga that has some jokes every once in a while.
I was an enormous fan of Dan Slott’s run, and John Byrne’s run was a big deal for me. I found Slott’s version of ‘She-Hulk’ first, and then I went back and looked up some of the older stuff because I liked it so much. And it was so good. It was perfect. It was my perfect comic book at the time that I found it.
The Marvel universe is a deep, weird, woolly place, and getting to expose strange corners of it is part of the fun of ‘She-Hulk.’ Honestly, it’s part of the fun of any Marvel book.
Before I went off to Rutgers, I worked in a comic book shop in my hometown. At night, I would work on some comic stories, and after a while, I developed an idea for a weird little superhero spoof comic called ‘Cement Shooz.’
The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed, I’m totally conscious of that. To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write about things that are entertaining to myself.
Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
I feel sorry for people who have to edit me. Which is why book writing is by far the most enjoyable. Really the only thing it’s based on is whether it’s good or not. No book editor, in my experience, is getting a manuscript and try to rewrite it.
It’s just that what’s important there is different there than what’s important is here. Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
In Fargo, they say, well, that’s a job. How well do you get paid? For example, for this book I was written about in Entertainment Weekly, and it was kind of cool because my mom asked me if Entertainment Weekly was a magazine or a newspaper.
Every year, I give my dad an advance copy of my latest book. He reads it over the next several nights and says something incredibly supportive. Then he clears his throat nervously and changes the subject.
I had no inclination to perform as a kid. I was a shy child – I always had my nose in a library book. I didn’t start acting until I went to college. Once I started, it seemed to fit like a glove. I felt completely at home on stage. It was the perfect way for me to express myself, even better than writing.
I’ve always viewed myself as a brand. When I started 10 years ago, that was very controversial. ‘Marketing’ and ‘PR’ were dirty words for the literary world, but that has changed. Once the book is finished, I want as many people as possible to read it.
You’re more likely to finish a book you enjoy, than one that feels like literary drudgery.
At one of the first science fiction conventions I ever went to, I saw a guy wearing a sandwich board promoting his book. Count me out of that one.
I get letters from readers who say that they have always hated reading, but somebody suggested one of my books, they actually finished the book and enjoyed it, and they’re going on to read another book. I’m thrilled that they have figured out that reading is fun.
Whenever I open a book about jazz, I turn to the index and look for Lennie Tristano, the incredible pianist Lee Konitz, the luminous alto sax player and Warne Marsh, the tenor player who captured some of the most beautiful sounds in the world.
Robin McKinley’s ‘The Blue Sword’ was a defining book of my teen years, and I’d love to have more books like that in the world.
I’ve done a number of readings at poetry lounges in Vancouver and Los Angeles. I’ve compiled a book of poetry that’s completed, and two others I’m working on.
I feel like my life is pretty much on display. So much of it is working, and that’s really all I want to do. I’m an open book.
I’ve heard rumors that the Petersons are writing a book. It will be very interesting to see what they have to say, but I don’t know anything about the Rochas.
You want fans to connect to the book, even movie fans. But if your sole purpose is to write towards a certain kind of fan, that way leads madness.
I think Vikings have always been popular, haven’t they? I remember being a kid and being in second grade reading a book about this Viking warrior.
I have always been delighted when told there was a piece of fanfic inspired by a book of mine floating about. I don’t read it for legal reasons, but I’m thrilled to know it’s there. Someone cared. Someone loved it enough to spend their free time writing about it for free.
I’m very comfortable with tweeting, I have a very active author Facebook page, I Skype book clubs all over the world.
I’ve always thought Harper Lee might have made a great decision. Much as you’d like to have more books by her, there’s something about just one that’s kind of mysterious and nice. On the other hand, the New York gossip about me was that I’d never write another book. So I thought, ‘Well, I will then.’
I worked hard at memorizing lists of facts and figures, and carried with me a book of facts.
Alan Moore does have a sheen of class. He’s a smart guy, and I’m sure there was a metaphoric level, I’m not denying that, but let’s face it. the main reason he was doing a super-hero comic was because he was working for a super-hero comic book company.
I Never Liked You. I think that’s my best book. I think it works the best as a story, and I like the drawing. It works on both levels, for me at least.
Kraken’ is a very undisciplined book. That’s a gamble. If it doesn’t come off, it’s disastrous. But there are pleasures, I think, to a meandering lack of discipline that you can’t get the other way, and vice versa.
In every book I write, I try to name-check the most prominent influences, or the most prominent conscious influences.
Every book I write, the first thing I have to do is get into the voice, and the voice varies from book to book – that’s part of what’s interesting to me.
I really enjoyed reading ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ but from a literary standpoint, the book did not live up to the hype.
In the digital future, texts will be annotated visually, animated and illustrated like never before. The austere ‘prayer book’ paper that permitted the space for Shepard’s illustrations to Pepys’ diaries is now being recreated in the digital era.
We didn’t have much, but I was raised to believe if you had books, you had a lot. My grandfather and my parents made me and my twin brother Kiel read at least a book a week.
I don’t know how the editors are going to take it or how it may be received. But to some extent I’m hoping that with the next book, when people pick it up and read it, it will scare the pants off of them.
How do you solve a mystery? How do you write a book? The techniques for starting both are surprisingly similar. Find an intriguing question and, pen and dagger tucked under cloak, search for clues.
I cried most days working on the first draft. The last scenes were the hardest. I had a feeling where I wanted to end – the exact note – but I couldn’t see how to get there. Sarah Murphy, my editor, asked the right questions to help me. I think of ‘The Bear’ as a hopeful book.
Everything has the potential to be extraordinary, whether an old photograph, a book or a life. If you find it ordinary, you simply need to take a closer look.
While ‘Visitation Street’ has the markings of a traditional whodunnit mystery – starting with a missing girl, intrigue and many suspicious characters – Pochoda shows her hand early on by fingering a culprit. The book turns, then, into a ‘whydunnit.’
After my mother died, I found, a little book of hers which recorded everything I had ever done, how I had done it, and how proud she was of her son Conrad.
If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.
A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.
I just did a picture book called The Wildest Brother on Earth, and you will find both of my children in there.
The Marrying Season’ is the final book in the ‘Legend of St. Dwynwen’ series, and in each of the three books, a small village church in the Cotswolds plays a significant role.
In my formative years, I never missed the ‘Creature Double Feature’ on Saturday afternoon TV, even if it meant switching back and forth between ‘Gamera’ and the Red Sox. I did a book report on Stephen King’s ‘Night Shift’ in seventh grade. Unrated Italian horror movies became a weekly rite of passage once I hit seventeen.
I love my Kindle, but there are many books that I need to physically own. I think having the choice makes all the difference. Instant gratification – buying a book digitally and owning it sixty seconds later – really is a revolutionary act.
In my book, I was trying to get into my own soul.
My son, who’s on the spectrum is a very rigid thinker. He needs clear-cut definitions of right and wrong. Anything hazy or gray confuses him. For instance, if I try to get him to see that a friend behaved badly, he’ll often get upset with me because a friend is a ‘good guy’ by definition, in his book.
Certainly, I read a lot and follow the news. But as a writer, I am not interested in a political story. I am searching for the humanity of the characters. I never set out to write a book about an ‘issue.’
I teach a lot of graduate creative writing classes, and on the first day, I like to go around the room and ask everybody what’s the last book you’ve read that you really loved. And all of the women tend to give me chick lit titles. And to me, that’s sort of disappointing because it’s their only exposure to fiction somehow.
One day at my grandmother’s house, I discovered ‘The Secret Garden’ and read it. This was the first book I found entirely for myself, and I cherished it.
To see what books were available for my older students, I made many trips to the library. If a book looked interesting, I checked it out. I once went home with 30 books! It was then that I realized that kids’ novels had the shape of real books, and I began to get ideas for young adult novels and juvenile books.
I didn’t write anything at all except book reports until I was in seventh grade, and then I wrote mostly poetry for myself.
I was eighteen when I wrote my first book, and I can’t remember what it was called. I have no idea where the manuscript is – I lost it when I was twenty-one.
It feels wonderful to get praise from other authors who I admire, but with each new book, my confidence is always the thing I struggle with the most until I start getting positive feedback from readers.
The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.
I would love to be in ‘The Hunger Games.’ I’m one of the few people who haven’t read the books, because unfortunately, I’m not a big book reader. I do read a lot of scripts and I read the script and I loved it. So, yeah, I’d love to be in ‘The Hunger Games.’
I started my first business out of my college dorm room – DJ Connection – and grew it to more than 4,000 events per year. Sounds easy, but while doing that, I made every mistake in the book.
Well, there’s nothing better than putting your feet up on a Sunday afternoon and grabbing a good book.
I read ‘The Crystal Cave’ book by Mary Stewart, and I thought it was a really, really interesting part of the legend, in which Merlin could enter into the cave with these crystals and see reflections of the future in them and learn how to use that and harness those powers for himself.
I love graphic design. I love working with design, and I love storytelling, so I’ve been working on a children’s book for a while, and I’d like to see that through.
Early on my career, I figured out that I just have to write the book I have to write at that moment. Whatever else is going on in the culture is just not that important. If you could get the culture to write your book, that would be great. But the culture can’t write your book.
I grew up reading the ‘Village Voice’ and wanting to be one of these multidisciplinary music writers, film writers, book writers. And I lucked out getting a job at the ‘Voice’ right after college.
If you take a really good book, then the potential is for a really good film. But you’ve got to get it right.
I’ve never set a book in Europe. I’ve lived in Europe three times, but somehow or other it wasn’t the experience that engaged me in that way.
A gold book, fastened together in the shape of a book by wires of the same metal, had been dug up in the northern part of the state of New York, and along with the book an enormous pair of gold spectacles!
Bonfire of the Vanities: The lesson of that book is, never start believing your own press.
I have become so used to having people say, ‘We loved your movie’ instead of ‘We read your book’ that now I merely say, ‘Thanks.’
When I read a book, I like to be surprised. I don’t want to read the same genre formula that I’ve read a hundred times before.
I wouldn’t buy a book simply because I like the cover. I would pick it up. The jacket can call your attention to it. But in that sense, Oprah Winfrey is worth all the jackets in the world. A jacket is basically trying to do what she does all on her own.
I think too many comic book covers are way too busy, crammed with far too much information, both visual and verbal, that just becomes a dull noise.
When I was at Marvel, they were in bankruptcy, which is hard to believe now with ‘Avengers 2’ out, but it was during the 1990s. It was a troubled place. Comic book sales were dropping. Work was scattered.
There are a few images in ‘Exorcist 3’ that scared me – people crawling on ceilings, etc. – but nothing beats the original. Even the book scared me to death.
I write for the love of writing. If I never published another book, I would still be writing stories.
With each book you write you have to learn how to write that book – so every time, you have to start all over again.
The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?
The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?
A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.
Writing is very good for household tasks. Because you’d rather fix a dripping tap or paint an old wall – you’d rather do almost anything than sit and write. I have to reach a point of obsession in order to write, and so I find starting a book incredibly difficult.
I’ve been wanting to write a book about what goes into creating a novel, and the story behind ‘A Passage to India’ is especially interesting.
In the music world, concerts unfold strictly according to plan. But, as I’d been finding out, in the book world, things keep changing by the second.
It’s not a case of: ‘Read this book and then you’ll think differently. I’ve written this book, and I don’t think differently.
I remember finding a Houdini book at the library and seeing an image of him chained on the side of a building. He looked so intense and scary, and I couldn’t get that image out of my head. That started building up my love of magic.
I’ve started doing book reviews for Barnes & Noble! They saw that I did a lot of book reviews on the site, and they figured that it might not be a bad thing if they got me to do some for them as well. I gave them five categories I’d be interested in reviewing, from art to fiction to music.
If you’re smart, you’ll always be humble. You can learn all you want, but there’ll always be somebody who’s never read a book who’ll know twice what you know.
The Christian Bible is a symbolic book, not a literal one. The one Christians know as Jesus was actually a symbol for the sun. Ancient sun worshippers believed the sun died at the end of the winter solstice and then three days later it would be reborn at the start of its cycle – December 25.
I receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work.
Every book has some real life in it. I was never pursued by an evil twin clone, but everything else in MR. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life.
Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.
My husband wrote me love letters while I was on location in Canada and pregnant. They turned into being about food, and it turned it into a cookbook. He called it ‘The Tuscan Cookbook for the Pregnant Male.’ It was kind of genius. When I took it a book agent, he was like, ‘Men don’t buy cookbooks.’
When I began, I thought that the way one should work was to do all the research and then write the book.
With the Truman book, I wrote the entire account of his experiences in World War I before going over to Europe to follow his tracks in the war. When I got there, there was a certain satisfaction in finding I had it right – it does look like that.
My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind of book that I would like to read. If I can make it clear and interesting and compelling to me, then I hope maybe it will be for the reader.
My next book is also set in the eighteenth century. It’s about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776. It’s about Washington and the army and the war. It’s the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.
The art of the novelist is not unrelated to the illness of multiple personality disorder. It’s a much milder form. But the better the book, the nearer to the padded cell you are.
I’m certainly a plot and character man. Themes, structure, style – they’re valid components of a novel and you can’t complete the book without them. But I think what propels me as a reader is plot and character.
Why don’t men like to stop and ask directions? This question, which I first addressed in my 1990 book ‘You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation’, garnered perhaps the most attention of any issue or insight in that book.
I love getting attention, just like a child loves it, and it’s never worn off. So when people say, oh the book signings go on, why would I shoo away someone who’s giving me attention? What part of standing in line for 10 hours to say how much they love you is bad to you?
I started writing when I was twenty, and my first book came out seventeen years later.
I meet people at book signings. My record now, for signing, is ten and a half hours in one sitting.
I do have to say that I think that President Obama is the greatest President in the history of all of our Presidents, and that he can do no wrong in my book. So how’s that for prejudice on the Democratic side?
I wrote a little autobiography about how luck has to do with everything. It’s called ‘My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.’ A publisher came to me and said, ‘Write a book,’ so I did. I wanted to call it ‘Everybody Else Has Got a Book.’
I was hugely formed by stories I was told as a child whether that was in a book, the cinema, theatre or television and probably television more than any medium is what influenced me as a child and formed my response to literature, story-telling and, therefore, the world around me.
When I was a child I devoured every book I could get my hands on. I loved losing myself in colourful and dramatic stories – and my absolute favourite was ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.’ Everything about it electrified me, and when I re-read Roald Dahl’s books as an adult it surprised me.
I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we’re sad, and being yellow when we’re cowards, and when we’re mad, we’re red.
I will tell you this: I have fun, a lot of fun with ‘The Apprentice.’ When I did the books – and now we have a book out. And all the time, books are prestigious. But there’s sort of nothing like having the big hot show on television.
I think a writer’s job is to provoke questions. I like to think that if someone’s read a book of mine, they’ve had – I don’t know what – the literary equivalent of a shower. Something that would start them thinking in a slightly different way, perhaps. That’s what I think writers are for.
Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They’re solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in microseconds. Books are really good at being books, and no matter what happens, books will survive.
When you write your first book aged 25 or so, you have 25 years of experience, albeit much of it juvenile experience. The second book comes after an extra year sitting in bookshops. Pretty soon, you begin to run on empty.
I was sitting in the toilet and I was by myself. I was tired of playing with the roller, so I said I’d better write a book.
People say if you’re doing an art project, that’s different from a book, but I honestly don’t see it. I try and try, and I just don’t.
Characters in a book are very much like personalities divvied up within a family. In the end, it all averages out to a sort of overall averageness.
I don’t think tablets are where we should be focused. But I do think they could end up being an efficient way of delivering textbooks. They’re just not really that, yet. There’s all sorts of poisons and mined minerals and carnage that goes on to make a tablet. Way more than to print a book. Or a bunch of books.
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
The problem with writing a book in verse is, to be successful, it has to sound like you knocked it off on a rainy Friday afternoon. It has to sound easy. When you can do it, it helps tremendously because it’s a thing that forces kids to read on. You have this unconsummated feeling if you stop.
It wasn’t my choice to be an open book, but when people found out what my life was like when I was 14 or 15, I didn’t deny it. I think the more imperfect you are, the more human you are.
Reading a book about management isn’t going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts.
When Peter Jackson made the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies, I remember there was a concern that people who didn’t read Tolkien wouldn’t go see the first one. But the films were so good in their own right that the audience grew beyond the readership of the book.
Be it a video game, comic book, or cheque book, the question always is, ‘What story do you have to tell?’
People wanted me to do a CD-ROM of ‘Hitchhiker’s,’ and I thought, ‘No, no.’ I didn’t want to just sort of reverse-engineer yet another thing from a book I’d already written. I think that the digital media are interesting enough in their own right to be worth originating something in.
I’ve been writing since I was very young, even before I was a teenager. As far as I’m concerned, I am a writer – whether my writing’s spoken or written in a blog, paper, book or printed on the side of a submarine.
It’s true that I have spoken about doing a book before, but then everyone you speak to is planning to write a book.
We did not have a television while I was growing up, and so I read voraciously. My earliest memory of being utterly transfixed by a book was Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’
Usually, as a fiction writer, you get e-mails saying, ‘I liked your book,’ or ‘I didn’t like it.’ You don’t get something saying, ‘I’m really glad this is in the world.’
A number of years ago, I found a book of photography by Weegee he was a crime photographer in the 1930s in New York. He was the first person to put a police scanner in a car and drive around.
I was a slow and lazy reader as a kid. ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ was the only non-school book I would read, over and over, between television, records and radio, until I picked up my aunt’s copy of ‘In Cold Blood’ and she didn’t ask for it back.
As so many writers know, the experience of creating an imaginary world is closer to dreaming than it is to normal, grit-your-teeth work. It’s preconscious rather than conscious. Ideas fall into your head, and the book writes you, rather than the other way around.
Every time I get through the work on a book of nonfiction, I say I’ll never do it again it takes so much out of you.
Tim O’Brien’s book about Vietnam, ‘The Things They Carried’, has won every award, is studied in college and is considered to be definitive. But it’s fiction.
I publish my own books, so there isn’t a certain editor I owe the book to at a publishing house.
When I was on the bestseller list with the first book, everyone who knows me knows that every week it continued to be on the list was a very dark week for me. Everyone knows that all I wanted was to be off that list.
All that I am I owe to Jesus Christ, revealed to me in His divine Book.
I look for two things when I am about to launch into a book. First, there has to be a dramatic arc to the story itself that will carry me, and the reader, from beginning to end. Second, the story has to weave through larger themes that can illuminate the world of the subject.
One of the bad things about being a filmmaker, about being me, is I can hardly read a book anymore because every time I read something, I have a poaching mentality, like, ‘Oh, can this be a movie?’
I think book adaptations, the best one to me is like ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ Which is a short story, 21 pages, that expands so beautifully into a movie.
It’s very important to understand that the ‘Talk’ piece was not an excerpt, it was an adaptation, which means I compressed different parts of the book and made a new piece.
You could easily do a book of Marshawn Lynch’s quotes, which have a quite serious political pushback. I think he’s really amazing.
When it’s between the covers of a book, content is perceived to have literary substance – or more so that it might otherwise.
I always say when you write a book, you’re a ‘one-man band.’ Whereas, when you finish a screenplay, it’s just a sketch.
I have a book in the pipeline of short stories. You want to hear an agent scream, say ‘I’m thinking about doing a collection of short stories set in the Ozarks.’
I had bill collectors chasing me. We were skipping from town to town, not leaving forwarding addresses. The agent couldn’t find me when he sold my book. He finally found me.
It’s called ‘The Outlaw Album,’ not ‘The Ozarks Album.’ These are stories that delve into different kinds of outlawry, from criminal acts to interior, or psychological, outlawry. The book is not meant to be a tapestry of the Ozarks.
While other kids were out playing and doing healthy things, I read an ancient judo book with a neck hold that was fatal to so many people, they finally dropped it from judo.
I’m the only talk show host, I think, if there’s such a category in, what’s called, the book of records, to have a guest die while we were taping the show, yeah.
If I ever wrote a book, people would never believe it.
There are books all around me… I don’t read as much as I used to, but I always have a book or two going.
I think it’s very hard for us, for Christians, to understand that it’s okay to read a book, for instance, on how to manage your time. There’s nothing wrong with that.
There should be a whole book written about that one word: country. What does that mean, country? It’s such a huge umbrella. I would hope that what makes it country is that it all starts with a song. The story being told in three and a half minutes that is not being told on another station.
Well, I do have some maiden aunts that are not quite like the aunts in the book, but I definitely do have a couple of them, and a couple of old aunties.
If you write a book that’s as powerful and successful as ‘Bastard,’ there’s a strong desire to prove there’s something else.
When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels. My sister became unmarried and pregnant during high school, and she kept saying, ‘This wasn’t supposed to happen! Why is this happening to me?’ Someone should have given her another book to read.
For the moment, whenever I read, it is normally scripts. You start a book and then you think, ‘I should be reading these five scripts.’
It’s a bit of a cliche, but I think girls like to get flowers. I think books are quite romantic, too. If you can find an interesting book, that brings something out in your partner that can be very romantic.
When I was 8 years old, I made my own encyclopedia of American biography – Johnny Appleseed, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Charles Lindbergh, my pantheon of favorite heroes. Then I would write my own things and sew them together and try to make my own book.
For any book, it’s distilling all of the moments in the book that are either fan favorites or pivotal that you have to have in there, and how you tie that all up into a two hour movie is not the easiest job.
If I were related to Monet, I don’t know if I would be comfortable becoming an artist because it’s too much, the comparison. If I wrote a book and put it out, the comparison to my great-grandfather, the comparison would be hilarious. Every critic, it would be their dream, they’d tear me apart.
I often read nonfiction with a pencil in hand. I love the feel, the smell, the design, the weight of a book, but I also enjoy the convenience of my Kindle – for travel and for procuring a book in seconds.
Many years, I would publish four books – an anthology, a book of criticism, a new book of poems, a book of essays.
The issue of doing an adaptation of a book is the theater of the mind, and so you always face that.
Los Angeles is a city of few hard targets. Its iconic buildings are private spaces, mostly residential, visible by invitation only or in the pages of a Taschen book. Its central industry is as mirage-like as the projection of light on a screen.
I don’t have a lot of skills, but one thing I can do is, I can compartmentalize. I can make that a little world that I can go back to, so I can be a waitress, or I can be a teacher, and then go and work on my book.
The novel is about, for me, sustained and organized looking. I do think that people have a hunger for a sustained engagement, that concentration that the book can offer.
The first thing my writing ever earned me wasn’t an advance on a book it wasn’t a fee for an article or anything like that. It was, in fact, a residency at Hedgebrook Farm.
Unless you are Stephen King, a book signing is attended by maybe 40 or 50 people.
Even if I only had 10 readers, I’d rather do the book for them than for a million readers online.
The Long Goodbye’ is one book I like to read over and over again, and it was an enormous inspiration for ‘All The Wrong Questions’.
I’m always interested to see what films are made of books. I kind of don’t participate as a filmgoer in any kind of debate about what’s better, the book or the movie. So I think it’s interesting when people want to do it.
When you start writing a picture book, you have to write a manuscript that has enough language to prompt the illustrator to get his or her gears running, but then you end up having to cut it out because you don’t want any of the language to be redundant to the pictures that are being drawn.
I did some writing and bought a book, and have been working on that as a film to act and direct in.
No matter where I’m going, I always have sunglasses, a book, and some gum in my carry-on.
The ‘EU in a Nutshell’ is a miscellany of facts and anecdotes about the system which rules us. It’s a book you can delve into in pursuit of a particular fact, or crack open for entertainment at virtually any page.
The anti-apartheid prisoners on the island, like so many in every age and nation, found that Shakespeare had a peculiar ability to gentle their condition. They used to gather clandestinely to read the plays on one occasion, the book was passed around for each man to mark his favourite lines.
To my mind, the most successful and the best comic book illustrators are those who translate the real world into a consistent code. If you look at Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, their drawings look nothing like the real world, but they are internally consistent. In terms of a comic book it can work just fine.
People unacquainted with graphic novels, including journalists, tend to think of ‘Watchmen’ as a book by Alan Moore that happens to have some illustrations. And that does a disservice to the entire form.
I came to think that nobody from England could draw American comic books, because they were clearly all done by this sort of Mafia, all these guys with Italian and Irish names who had the whole thing sewn up. It was actually seeing a comic book drawn by Barry Smith, who was about my age, and English.
Granted, a long book can be as daunting as a hard one. I nearly reached for ‘Game of Thrones’ until I saw the bookshelf sagging under the burden of those other volumes.
As a writer, you write the book, you give it to your editor, it’s copy edited, it’s published, it’s thrown out there, and then there’s a response.
I tend to push whatever is looking over my shoulder away when I am writing. It’s once the box of books arrive that I say I’m going to be pilloried for this or that. But then you realize it’s done, and there is nothing I can do. I’m proud of the book.
You are only as good as your last book, and so there has to be a book.
Every year, the Giller jury is different. You write the best book you can and throw it out there.
In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens.
When I begin a book, I inevitably discover many things along the way, about the characters, their past histories and the political intrigues that surround them. This discovery process is vital, and I would not prejudice it by deciding too much in advance.
I was aware that there is an expectation that writers inevitably falter at this stage, that they fail to live up to the promise of their first successful book, that the next book never pleases the way the prior one did. It simply increased my sense of being challenged.
Even though I may not intend it when I set out to write the book, these places just emerge as major players in what I’m doing, almost as if they are insisting on it.
I read five books on the Constitution. My favorite was ‘Plain, Honest Men’ by Richard Beeman. I went on a science jag in the same way. I kept getting in arguments about evolution and being bested. So I read Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of the Species,’ a fantastic book that is not that difficult.
I went on a Buddha jag. I read ‘Confession of a Buddhist Atheist’ by Stephen Batchelor and Karen Armstrong’s biography of Buddha, which is a great book.
Because I write a book a year, I always want to do one other project every year that’s stimulating in a different way. It means you can be working but not using up your prose juice, you know?
A script arrived, and on the front cover – scrawled really big, as if it were a book report – is ‘Django Unchained, written by Quentin Tarantino.’ And I thought, ‘Well, no art department came up with this this is Quentin’s writing.’
What prevailed was that it was a family story, so it didn’t matter what the color. It was also the perfect subject matter for a miniseries: A best-selling book, a generational story, a social problem – they all made ‘Roots’ what a miniseries should be.
I said from the start I had to be trustful of the Millennium universe. It was not going to be a Stieg Larsson book, but my interpretation of his iconic characters and universe.
When you’re reading a book, you’re always looking for the natural place to stop. With a movie, you can’t really have that sense of it coming momentarily to a halt there’s pressure to keep the momentum up.
In my book, ‘Let Patients Help,’ one chapter is titled ‘Let patients vote on what’s worth the cost.’ That’s sensible, right? In other industries, consumer preference is a key determinant in prices.
It was pure guesswork on my part back in 1979 as to whether I would have the stamina to write, pencil, ink, letter, tone, and fill the back of a monthly comic book for 26 years.
My first biography was ‘Our Golda: The Life of Golda Meir.’ To research that book, I bought a 1905 set of encyclopedias. Those books told me what each of the places Golda Meir lived in were like when she lived there.
What that book does for me is give me the tools in the same way that I had the tools when I learned the regular scales or the alphabet. If you give me the tools, the syntax, and the grammar, it still doesn’t tell me how to write Ulysses.
People have given me classified information, but always with the disclaimer ‘This can never end up in a book.’ And it never does.
You know what writers say about their long books: If I had another year, the book would be half as long.
Hollywood loves pre-validation. Even if someone has a property that was first published as a comic book that sold only 5,000 copies, for Hollywood, that is a stamp of approval. ‘Oh, it was already published in another medium? Must be good!’ They get assurance from knowing that someone else already took the risk.
The story drove the book. That had a very seminal effect on the way I saw writing and storytelling. If you can set a character in a story that is compelling and has a backbone, you draw people in.
There are other options out there, after all, like read a book, go on the Internet, rent a movie.
I always say that, for me, writing a book is like a wacky Greyhound bus trip – I know where I’m starting and where I’ll end up, but I have no idea what will happen along the way.
Becoming a YA author was actually a very lucky accident. When I wrote the ‘Queen of Everything,’ I thought it was a book for adults.
I was a book lover from the beginning. I loved, love, words and images and ideas, the ways a book can make you feel things deeply or help you understand something you never even knew there were words for.
My dream was, and always had been, to write a book. To be a writer.
I wrote one book, signed with a good agent, and sat back and waited for the phone to ring. I was sure that the great news would come at any moment. Four books later, I finally got that call.
What I thought we ought to try to do in a book like this is to focus closely on Lincoln, himself, to see what he knew, how he knew it, how he came to make the decisions that he did, and how he implemented them.
I was writing a book about sustainable energy, and a friend asked me, ‘Well, how much energy do you use at home?’ And I was embarrassed. I didn’t actually know.
Most of physics is about energy, and physicists understand inefficiencies. I wanted to write a book about our energy options in a neutral, human-accessible form.
My main piece of advice would be don’t worry about being published – just write a really good book, but also don’t be afraid to write a bad book. Give yourself permission to fail, and don’t be afraid.
I do, in fact, have a book club. I meet with a couple of guys once a month of a lunchtime discussion of some interesting text, usually, but not always, philosophical.
My recurring nightmare is that someday I will be faced with a panel: Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson all of whom will be telling me everything I got wrong about them. I know that Johnson’s out there saying, ‘Why is it that what you wrote about the Kennedys is twice as long as the book you wrote about me?’
I use these senses – touch, sight, feel and smell – as triggers that invite readers or propel them into the scene. The trick is not to make it obvious. I’ve written an entire chapter about this in my book, ‘The Successful Novelist.’ I’ve lectured about it extensively, but have yet to see many people pick up on it.
Once I have a book in my head, I write progressive drafts fast and obsessively and have trouble sleeping.
People are used to juggling multiple jobs and multiple responsibilities and multiple things on the home front, and sometimes you get a day off to read, and you just want a book that feels complete and that you can get through it on a rainy day on the couch.
Mandie and the Secret Tunnel’ – the book and now the movie – pits a very young woman against forces she cannot control and events she cannot possibly know about. She’s in way over her head, and you’re pulling for her from the opening scene.
We all face difficulties of our own, and how comforting it is to immerse yourself in a book – my book, any book, any romance. It’s entertainment, it’s escape, and it can even be an inspiration!
I call my golden retriever Cara my ‘white wolf.’ She’s changed my attitude and made me write this book where the wolf is the hero, not the villain.
I sell my first book to Random House, a memoir of my years as a war photographer, for twice my NBC salary.
The addictive pleasure of abandoning yourself to a book, of losing consciousness of your worries, your body, and your surroundings, to become a ghost haunting other worlds has influenced me in many ways.
When I make a book, I make it for the child and not for the parent – no jokes in it for the parents!
When I was in fourth grade… this wonderful teacher said you didn’t have to write a book report, you could just talk about the book, you could do a drawing of the book, you could write a play inspired by the book, and that’s what I did. I got to be so famous. I had to go around to every school and perform it. It was just so natural and fun.
There are three reasons why this book came into being. First, throughout the 33 years I’ve been writing recipes – although I’m not vegetarian myself – I have greatly enjoyed creating vegetarian recipes, and cooking and serving them at home.
What’s funny about Jesus’ Son is that I never even wrote that book, I just wrote it down. I would tell these stories and people would say, You should write these things down.
I’m a huge, huge comic book fan. I love the superhero movies so much. If I had to be one of the Avengers, I would go with Thor. I would have to. I just think I look the part too much, and I’m a fan of all of them, but Thor would be something that I think I could put on. I think I could make it happen.
It’s hard sometimes, especially with a book like ‘Scorch Trials,’ to truly adapt to the way the book is because so many of the scenes that take place in the book are really graphed and painted for the imagination. Trying to bring that to life is a really big task.
I’m not one of these writers who says, ‘Oh yes, the next book is due out in one year and three days.’ I just say, ‘You’re gonna get it when it’s done. It’s gonna be good, but you’re not going to get it until it is good.’
It takes me about three years to write a book. They’re very complex, and they take a lot of research, but also because the more popular your books get, the more popular you get, and people want to haul you off and look at you.
My sixth book, ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes,’ was nominated for a number of book awards, one of which was The Quill Award, and they had it in New York at the Natural History Museum.
I’ve had no fewer than three young women on separate occasions come up to me at book signings and unzip their pants, turn around, and drop them to show me that they had ‘Bonnie lassie’ tattooed across their rumpuses!
I was in Kenya when I read ‘Catch-22,’ and I associate this book that has nothing to do with Kenya – whenever I think of ‘Catch-22,’ I think of Nairobi.
Here’s my definition of a great beach read – a fabulous story that sucks me in like a black hole and when it’s over, it jettisons my bones across the galaxy with a hair on fire mission to convince everyone I know that they must read that book or they will die.
You cannot get PTSD from reading a book or from hearing a story, even repeated stories over and over.
If there is going to be any meaningful sales, it’s going to be through word of mouth and people recommending it to their book club and then a thousand more book clubs do it, and then you get into real sales numbers.
In my first book, ‘Ghosts Of Manhattan,’ the setting was Wall Street, and I explored the predictable nature of a bond trader inside the compensation scheme at Bear Stearns and the government regulations of Wall Street. That was about money.
I brought samples in, because I didn’t have any comic book samples, and I brought all these illustrations that I had influenced by Norman Rockwell and a couple of the other big boys. That’s all I had, that’s all I brought.
The first book that they gave me was Jeannie, a young teenager. I went on with her maybe ten books.
Then is when I decided to take it to Archie to see if they could do it as a comic book. I showed it to Richard Goldwater, and he showed it to his father, and a day or two later I got the OK to do it as a comic book.
Because they feel that without them telling you to do this, you wouldn’t have had the characters that you have, you wouldn’t have the book that you have.
Many people think that it is important to have a title before you begin writing the book, but I think you should never sit around waiting for the right title to strike before you start writing. Crack on with the story, put in the hard work, and the title will come eventually.
A book without potty humor is like a banana split without hot fudge. It can still be good, I suppose, but you kinda get the feeling that something is missing.
Back in the day, I used to read ‘Archie,’ but I haven’t been a comic book aficionado.
Even before he had one book published, Jack was one of those people you could feel was very special.
My daughter has seen the transition from struggling screenwriter to successful picture book author, and she’s enjoyed it very much because she’s a wonderful little kid. And she’s always believed in her daddy.
I imagine a child. That child is me. I can reconstruct and vividly remember portions of my own childhood. I can see, taste, smell, feel, and hear them. Then what I do is, not write about that kid or about his world, but start to think of a book that would have pleased him.
We need to take a leaf out of nature’s book. Any species that clones itself will eventually be attacked by a parasite, leading to an inevitable population crash.
The beginning of Book Three is the last one that I drew, where V’s conducting the 1812 overture.
Well, I would never admit to copying Karl Rove’s play book, but there’s no doubt that what the Bush people did in 2004 was impressive. They had neighbors talking to neighbors. They did a remarkable job increasing Republican turnout in states like Ohio and Florida.
When I was a kid, I always thought that I’d be a comic book artist. It took a long time to start thinking that I could be a musician.
No, I’m not a comic book guy. I’m pretty fascinated with the subculture though and I do think that the world of comic books is such a natural transition into film.
I’ve come to see that these politicians that release books – no way are they actually writing those books. Not when they are working fulltime, too. There’s no way. That’s their name on the book, but it’s not their work. I’m sure of that. There’s no way.
What about the hero of The House on the Strand? What did it mean when he dropped the telephone at the end of the book? I don’t really know, but I rather think he was going to be paralysed for life. Don’t you?
I would like to write a book that wasn’t so violent and weird, but I just don’t think I can do that with my talent. I don’t think it would come off.
I have no memory for what happens in what books. I don’t know when I might remember a scene, but beats me what book it’s in because there are 14 of them now.
I was at La Fenice opera house back in 1991 with friends, and we started talking about a conductor whom none of us liked. Somehow there was an escalation, and we started talking about how to kill him, where to kill him. This struck me as a good idea for a book.
I was extraordinarily lucky. I wrote a book because I wanted to see if I could write a mystery. Someone nagged me into sending it to a contest, which it won, after which I was offered a two-book contract, thus requiring the writing of a second book.
The book of the Psalms, which is the primary devotional literature of the whole Bible, is full of complaints.
I can’t speak in too much detail about a book or story I’m working on because I find that it takes the energy out of my writing. When I begin to work, it’s like a soda bottle that’s been jostled before it’s opened. There’s a lot of pent up energy in there. I have to let it out slowly, carefully, so that I can turn it into a written work.
The first comic book I ever bought, I was in third grade. It was ‘Avengers,’ I think, #240. I grew up in Kansas City. And I walked into a 7-11. I had seen, like, ‘The Hulk’ TV series. I knew about comic book heroes. I knew about it, but I hadn’t actually had a physical comic in my hands until that time. And it was a big deal for me.
With the marketing pressures driving the book world today, it’s much easier to get the author of a memoir on a television show than a serious novelist.
I went back to the notion of story, which is always a good thing to have if you’re trying to get people to pay attention to a book and pick up information along the way.
Motion comics take the underlying physical book material and enhance or modify it slightly enough to make it unique and, we think, best-suited for a digital environment.
When we started Appaloosa, we were going to name it Pegasus because everyone was using Greek names. We filed the name. We paid $300, and they said you cannot use it because it is taken. Pegasus Funds. Then we said Pegasus is kind of a horse. We did not want to be the Unicorn Fund. So we pulled out a horse book.