“You don’t want to be the best of the best. You want to be the only one who does what you do.” Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead

“Some people misinterpret what writer’s block is. They assume you can’t think of a single thing. Not true. You can think of hundreds of things. You just don’t like any of them.” Neil Simon, Rewrites (A Memoir)

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” Juan Ramón Jiménez

“I can still remember the day I learned to read. Suddenly those formerly mysterious black squiggles on the page turned into magical units I recognized as words. I raced home from school, clutching the picture book in front of me like a banner out of the Crusades. I couldn’t wait to tell my parents.” Ellen Leroe

“Being the baby in a talkative, funny family of five, I had to struggle for people to notice or listen to me. My early stories captured their attention, and provided the fuel in later years to keep me going in my quest to get published.” Me

“The best part of writing a novel? When you get hit by that big


Inspiration Hammer, and you put pieces of plots and characters together in a fun jig-saw puzzle. It always seems like fun, before the hard work of the actual writing begins.” Me