Pretty isn't the only thing that matters - being smart and kind matters more, of course - but all daughters should hear from their moms that they look pretty once in a while.
I actually love writing for teens best. I had such an awful time in my own teen years - I love having the chance to relive them through my fiction.
There's nothing secret about it. Everyone knows that I am waiting for my real parents, the king and queen, to come restore me to my rightful throne.
I was the kind of kid who couldn't really stop making up stories during class. I didn't do very well academically because I was always drawing these little doodles in the margins of my notebooks and I wasn't bringing home the best grades.
Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby - except watching TV and laying around the pool reading 'U.S. Weekly.' I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken.
This is how many people become artists, musicians, writers, computer programmers, record-holding athletes, scientists... by spending time alone practicing what they love.
When I was a kid, I had a couple of really good friends, like some really good best friends, but I was really shy other than that.
All of my characters are a little bit based on people I know in real life. You know when you do that you have to change the character a little bit in case your friend or your relative reads the book, because you don't want them to know you wrote about them... They might get mad.
When I did see the story of Persephone, I was really drawn to it. Persephone, the goddess of spring, was kept from Olympus by her mother, Demeter, because Demeter was very worried that the gods of Olympus would do something terrible to her.
Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.
If you're writing a screenplay, you need to be prepared to let go: there's a good chance the words you write aren't going to be the ones that end up on screen.
One of the biggest motivations for me with writing my books is to offer girls some escapism, especially girls who really need it, like I did.
Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh.
When you feel like an outsider - for whatever reason - you spend a lot of time alone.
My favorite book of all time is Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons.
I was an unhappy child, and that puts me off having a child of my own.
No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back.
Screenwriting is a much more collaborative effort. When you write a novel, it's just you, with input from your editor.
I think you get so wrapped up in the book you're currently writing, it's hard to think about anything else. But I know as soon as I'm done with this book, I'll move on to something else.
My family, they're story tellers. My mom is Irish, and my dad is Italian. In my family, we weren't allowed to watch TV while we ate - we had to sit around the table and tell stories about our day.