Everyone spends their lives trying to balance their world between good and evil.
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in New Orleans, goes home with you.
I feel that if you are blessed, or lucky enough, to be doing well, you should help others.
Like most creative people I don't fit well into boxes.
I love animals, always have, and it seemed natural to help the ASPCA. Animals have no voice of their own, so we have to be that voice.
You'd think a sociopath assassin wouldn't have a fan following but he does.
I've lost track of the number of people who want to be writers but never actually write anything. Talking about writing, dreaming about writing, can be very fun, but it won't get a book written. You've got to write.
You either mellow at 30, or your head explodes - take your choice.
My writing style is very sensual, as in sensory detail.
I like conventions. I like meeting and greeting. I'm perched on that edge where I'm getting more attention than I quite know what to do with, though.
It was just you had to be strong, and if you weren't strong you're a victim and you're not going to make it. That was the reality when I was growing up.
By 17, I was submitting to publications and collecting my first rejection slips.
I want a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers.
One of my rules is never explain. A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane.
Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn't going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book.
Two things I do well in books are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence are only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development.
If you're open to it, New Orleans will teach you about yourself, but if you want to hide from who you really are, the city will help you do that, too.
I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will.
I think like a detective.
You give the reader a sense of a full meal.