To me, family is everything. I want children to realize how important their families are and what a support system a family is.
The reasons kids get into trouble in one way or another is because – Who ever told them they were special?
When I sit and talk with a person, I’m not always paying attention. I’m looking at the person and saying, ‘What is it about his or her life that appeals to me?’
Outside of family, writing is essential. To me, it’s like breathing.
Anyone who has problems, or worries, anyone who laughs and cries, anyone who feels can write. It’s only talking on paper… talking about the things that matter to us.
I loved teaching. It was my world. I only left because I was overwhelmed with three careers – teaching, writing, and my family.
I have no special talent, you know. I never took a writing course before I began to write.
Sometimes when I visit schools, kids will interview me for the school newspaper. They ask me questions and my answers tend to go on and on, and they try to write down everything I’m saying as quickly as they can. And one day, a kid holds up her hand and said, ‘Do you think you could just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no?’ Aren’t kids wonderful?
Everything in my life affects my writing. There are no separate parts of my life.
I cannot outline. I do not know what the next thing is going to happen in the book until it comes out of my fingers.