When I was a kid I had the biggest crush on Hayley Mills in Pollyanna. Who did you have a crush on when you were young?
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”I am happiest writing in small rooms. They make me feel comfortable and secure. And it took me years to figure out that I need to write in a corner. Like a small animal burrowing into its hole, I shift furniture around, and back myself into a cozy corner, with my back to the wall … and then I can write.” —Danielle Steel
What is your ideal writing space?
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ― Dorothy Parker
What advice would you give an aspiring writer today?
“A writer need not devour a whole sheep in order to know what mutton tastes like, but he must at least eat a chop. Unless he gets his facts right, his imagination will lead him into all kinds of nonsense, and the facts he is most likely to get right are the facts of his own experience.” — W. Somerset Maugham
How much of your writing comes from your experience? Do you tend to write what you know? Or do you write what you need to know?