I'm more interested in interpersonal relationships - between lovers families, siblings. That's why I write about how we treat each other.
Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect.
You know, one of my fears about living alone so long is that you get used to doing everything your own way.
There is a price for popularity. Critics look for your weaknesses, your flaws, anything that makes the work seem like a fluke and not seem worthy of all the attention it's getting.
I don't live my life as a writer. I'm a mother, an African-American woman, and I do everything that everybody else does - cook and a little bit of cleaning.
I just believe that young people need to be able to learn how to write in their own voice. Just like a musician, you pride yourself on having your own distinct sound.
I try to create characters that I am fascinated by on some level or intrigued by or can't stand.
People need to be re - sometimes we need to reinvent ourselves and then get reacquainted with our better selves.
What's universal is the texture of our relationships. It's evolving. Times are changing with the women's movement. Men's roles are being redefined and, in some ways, they're confused.
Every human being I know craves love and affection.
Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical.
I don't let negative criticism, for the most part, bother me.
I'm not an angry woman. I'm not bitter.
Write from your heart, and God will take care of the rest.
I can't stand that - those women in 'Waiting to Exhale' now. I can't stand them. But that's because I'm 53 and not 33. But what they were experiencing at 33, I identified with it.
I would like to think that as a result of not just my own experiences, but at least being empathetic and compassionate about other people's experiences and plights and tragedies, that I am affected by it and learn from it.
As far as young kids go, my primary interest is to get parents to read to their kids. That's about the most you can do, I think.
I'm a fast writer.
My stories are character driven.
I like doing the readings and the autographing, but the interviewing gets a little tedious because you get asked the same questions every day and sometimes three or four times a day.