I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children.
Hands down, the biggest thrill is to get a letter from a kid saying, I loved your book. Will you write me another one?
It's hard not to immediately fall in love witha dog who has a good sense of humor.
If you have no intention of loving or being loved, the whole journey is pointless.
It is important that you say what you mean to say. Time is too short. You must speak the words that matter.
You don't realize what you're going to get, and you can't prepare yourself for it.
You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter.
... every time you look at the world and the people in it closely, lovingly, imaginatively, it changes you. The world, under the microscope of your attention, opens up like a beautiful, strange flower and gives itself back to you in ways you could never imagine.
When I get to a point in my book writing when I don't know what I'm going to do next, I'll come back look at underlined passages and see if the images I wrote still have a certain amount of resonance for me.
You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next.
My favorite food is deep-fried ravioli. I always get that every year.
My goal is two pages a day, five days a week. I never want to write, but I'm always glad that I have done it. After I write, I go to work at the bookstore.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
The undoing is almost always more difficult than the doing.
My favorite six letter word is always because it promises so much. My favorite five letter word is never because it insists on contradicting the promise. My favorite four letter word is once because it says it happened then. My favorite three letter word is yes because I'm just now learning to say it to my heart. My favorite two letter word is if because it makes all things possible like this: If not always If not never Then once. Yes.
There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.
When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of formal training in reading.
I'm at the mercy of whatever character comes into my head.
No one cared what she wanted. No one had ever cared. And perhaps, worst of all, no one ever would care.
Most of my books begin with an image or a voice - one small thing - and I don't know what it is going to become.
Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.
It seems to be that way with most things. No one to do the really disagreeable jobs except oneself.
There ain't a body, be it mouse or man, that ain't made better by a little soup.
Life was so short; so many beautiful things slipped away.
We appreciate the complicated and wonderful gifts you give us in each other. And we appreciate the task you put down before us, of loving each other the best we can, even as you love us.
You can't always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.
It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. I think the best way for children to treasure reading is for them to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
It is our duty and our joy to communicate our hearts to each other. Words assist us in this task.
But let's not speak of what might have been. Let us speak instead of what is. You are whole.
Magic is always impossible.... It begins with the impossible and ends with the impossible and is impossible in between. That is why it's magic.
Life is hard. Life is beautiful. Life is difficult. Life is wonderful.
You are down there alone, the stars seemed to say to him. And we are up here, in our constellations, together.
Longing is not always a reciprocal thing.
When it is my editor telling me how to rewrite a story, I listen and do what she asks because I have learned that I get a better book in the end. I can't say I'm happy when I read that editorial letter. It is always a little painful and scary. But I have learned that - bit by bit - I can make the changes and do the work.
All of God's creatures have names, every last one of them. Of that I am sure: of that I have no doubt at all.
I am just always, always paying attention - waiting for the words, or image, or name that will be the beginning of a story.
There is no right or wrong way to tell a story. You have to find your own way. You can get your idea from listening, looking, or imagining. Stories are everywhere. All you have to do is pay attention.
The closest I can get to describing what happens is that voices come to me. I feel like I'm accessing something that is deeper and richer than me.
There are hearts, reader, that never mend again once they are broken. Or if they do mend, they heal themselves in a crooked and lopsided way, as if sewn together by a careless craftsman.