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Quotes About Authors

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Dan Brown
“Authors, he thought. Even the sane ones are nuts.”
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

Alain de Botton
“One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me?”
Alain de Botton

Italo Calvino
“It's better not to know authors personally, because the real person never corresponds to the image you form of him from reading his books.”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Christopher Hopper
“Well, writing novels is incredibly simple: an author sits down…and writes.

Granted, most writers I know are a bit strange.

Some, downright weird.

But then again, you’d have to be.

To spend hundreds and hundreds of hours sitting in front of a computer screen staring at lines of information is pretty tedious. More like a computer programmer. And no matter how cool the Matrix made looking at code seem, computer programmers are even weirder than authors.”
Christopher Hopper

“Write from the heart. A book without a pulse is like a person without a spirit." Linda Radke, President of Five Star Publications”
Linda F. Radke

Philip Larkin
“There is bad in all good authors: what a pity the converse isn't true!”
Philip Larkin, Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica

Dan Brown
“Book publishing would be so much easier without the authors.”
Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

“I would not employ an author to referee a Ping-Pong match. By their very nature they are biased and bloody-minded. Better put a fox in a henhouse than to ask an author to judge his peers. (in a letter to the Governor General about the GA's Literary Awards & his issue--among others--with the judging system, 1981)”
Jack McClelland, Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters

Doris Lessing
“I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.”
Doris Lessing

Andrew Clements
“And I love Jane Austen's use of language too--the way she takes her time to develop a phrase and gives it room to grow, so that these clever, complex statements form slowly and then bloom in my mind. Beethoven does the same thing with his cadence and phrasing and structure. It's a fact: Jane Austen is musical. And so's Yeats. And Wordsworth. All the great writers are musical.”
Andrew Clements, Things Hoped For

P.D. James
“All Jane Austen novels have a common storyline: an attractive and virtuous young woman surmounts difficulties to achieve marriage to the man of her choice. This is the age-long convention of the romantic novel, but with Jane Austen, what we have is Mills & Boon written by a genius.”
P.D. James, Talking About Detective Fiction

John Green
“In the end, what makes a book valuable is not the paper it’s printed on, but the thousands of hours of work by dozens of people who are dedicated to creating the best possible reading experience for you.”
John Green

John Lanchester
“The standard personality type for a writer is a shy megalomaniac.”
John Lanchester

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Bare lists of words are found suggestive to an imaginative and excited mind.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Elizabeth Sims
“... And the only way to find that honesty is to not overthink it.

For your writing to come alive--to be multi-dimensional--you must barter away some control.”
Elizabeth Sims

Virginia Woolf
“What one means by integrity, in the case of the novelist, is the conviction that he gives one that this is the truth. . . . When one so exposes it [integrity] and sees it come to life one exclaims in rapture, But this is what I have always felt and known and desired! And one boils over with excitement, and, shutting the book even with a kind of reverence as if it were something very precious, a stand-by to return to as long as one lives, one puts it back on the shelf.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Paul  Collins
“Many people are partial to the notion that . . . all writers are somehow mere vessels for Truth and Beauty when they compose. That we are not really in control. This is a variation on that twee little fable that writers like to pass off on gullible readers, that a character can develop a will of his own and 'take over a book.' This makes writing sound supernatural and mysterious, like possession by faeries. The reality tends to involve a spare room, a pirated copy of MS Word, and a table bought on sale at Target. A character can no more take over your novel than an eggplant and a jar of cumin can take over your kitchen.”
Paul Collins, Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books

Gabrielle Zevin
“Despite the fact that he loves books and owns a bookstore, A.J. does not particularly care for writers. He finds them to be unkempt, narcissistic, silly, and generally unpleasant people. He tries to avoid the ones who've written books he loves for fear that they will ruin their books for him.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Terena Scott
“If you are working with authors, you are accepting a great responsibility and must tread very carefully. The author's work is a part of herself, a creative endeavor she has poured her heart and soul into. Protecting and nurturing that work and the author is part of the job of a publisher.”
Terena Scott, What You Need to Know to Be a Pro; The Business Start-Up Guide for Publishers

Chloe Thurlow
“Between the lines of every book the writer reveals their own secrets.”
Chloe Thurlow, The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena

Shannon L. Alder
“Writing romantic fiction is the second chance that loved ones denied us.”
Shannon L. Alder

Lindy Dale
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. ~Graycie Harmon”
Lindy Dale, Heart of Glass

Kim Edwards
“Rows and rows of books lined the shelves and I let my eyes linger on the sturdy spines, thinking how human books were, so full of ideas and images, worlds imagined, worlds perceived; full of fingerprints and sudden laughter and the sighs of readers, too. It was humbling to consider all these authors, struggling with this word or that phrase, recording their thoughts for people they'd never meet. In that same way, the detritus of the boxes was humbling - receipts, jotted notes, photos with no inscriptions, all of it once held together by the fabric of lives now finished, gone.”
Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams

“We as authors sign a pact with our readers; they'll go on reading because they trust us to play fair with them and deliver what we've promised.”
Pamela Glass Kelly, From Inspiration to Publication: How to Succeed as a Children's Writer: Advice from 15 Award Winning Writers

Philip L. Moore
“If you can read & write then the opportunities are endless, if you just believe in yourself then anything is possible, you can become anyone and do anything, what’s more is, you can take others with you!”
Philip L. Moore

“The finder of his theme will be at no loss for words.”
J.V. Cunningham

Kate Morton
“It'll be a change," says Marcus. "Something different."
"Not a mystery."
Marcus laughs. "No. Not a mystery. Just a nice safe history."
Ah, my darling. But there is no such thing.”
Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

“When many story-tellers occupy themselves with a social world which offers no great variety of lively action, their stories will probably resemble one another as to many of the major incidents, and if they draw on these limited resources like spend thrifts such resemblances will be inevitable--and therefore not significant.”
Mary Lascelles, Jane Austen & Her Art Opb61

Jessica Swan
“You can, of course, write to inspire others… but most importantly, you must write to inspire yourself.”
Jessica Swan

E.A. Bucchianeri
“All trademarks, company names, registered names, products, characters, mottos, logos, jingles and catchphrases used or cited in this work are the property of their respective owners and have only been mentioned and or used as cultural references to enhance the narrative and in no way were used to disparage or harm the owners and their companies. It is the author's sincerest wish the owners of the cited trademarks, company names, etc. appreciate the success they have achieved in making their products household names and appreciate the free plug.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

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