It's hard to read good fiction when I am writing, because if it is really good I catch myself sort of inadvertently imitating a great writer.
The Deep South has the friendliest people in the world. They will do anything for you. They also want to know what's going on and won't hesitate to ask questions.
We are extremely private, and we really got sort of ambushed by the notoriety.
I'm not itching to sue Amazon or Wal-Mart... they sell a lot of books. But the future is very uncertain with books.
I've had nine of my books adapted to film, and almost all were enjoyable. I've been very lucky with Hollywood, and look forward to more movies being adapted. But I don't get involved in that process. I know nothing about making movies and I stay away from it and hope for the best.
We have the crime of the century every six months. So for people like me who enjoy, you know, taking these stories and writing about them, the material is endless.
Wrongful convictions happen every week in every state in this country. And they happen for all the same reasons. Sloppy police work. Eyewitness identification is the most - is the worst type almost. Because it's wrong about half the time. Think about that.
We've sent 130 men to death row to be executed in this country, at least 130 that we know of, who have later have been exonerated because they were either innocent, or they were not fairly tried. That's 130 people that we've locked down on death row. And they've spent years there.
Twenty years on, the books are still fun to write and I've still got lots of stories I want to tell, mainly about social injustice and people chewed up by the system.
One thing you really have to watch as a writer is getting on a soapbox or pulpit about anything. You don't want to alienate readers.
There's always such a rush to judgment. It makes a fair trial hard to get.
I earned my first steady paycheck watering rose bushes at a nursery for a dollar an hour.
I don't want to force my politics on my readers.
Prisons are fascinating places, especially when the inmates are educated white-collar types.
Live your life the way you want. You'll figure it out.
Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.
I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.
And that's the mission of The Innocence Project in New York, is to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted, and also work from a policy angle with Congress and state legislatures to prevent future wrongful convictions.
You live your life today, Not tommorow, and certainly not yesterday.
I'm not in favor of the death penalty. But I'm in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. They can never escape. They can never be paroled. Lock the bad ones away. But you gotta rethink everybody else.
When witnesses concoct lies, they often miss the obvious.
I guess under the right circumstances, a man will do just about anything.
If you're gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.
You burn a man's pickup, and he's ready for war.
judge not that ye be not judged
In one long glorious acknowledgment of failure, he laid himself bare before God.
Nobody wants to read about the honest lawyer down the street who does real estate loans and wills. If you want to sell books, you have to write about the interesting lawyers - the guys who steal all the money and take off. That's the fun stuff.
More than 100 people have been sent to death row who were later exonerated because they weren't guilty or fairly tried. Most criminal defendants do not get adequate representation because there are not enough public defenders to represent them. There is a lot that is wrong.
I struggle with racism every day
The first thing my family did when we moved was join the local church. The second was to go to the library and get library cards.
I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it.
It's amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you'd simply told the truth.
In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.
Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.
I'm a Christian, and those beliefs occasionally come out in the books.
I give off rather mixed messages about the law. On the one hand, I can honestly say I don't miss working in a law office. On the other hand I do enjoy watching the law and while the profession may have its problems, I have sold zillions of books out of magnifying them.
Some people have more guts than brains.
I don't feel stupid, just inadequate. After three years of studying the law, I'm very much aware of how little I know.
I learned that lesson a long time ago. When you write popular fiction, you're going to get bashed by critics.
We learned after the first semester in law school that it's best never to discuss exams. If notes are compared afterwards, you become painfully aware of things you missed.