Caroline Leavitt Quotes

I was a bookworm who aced every test - until third grade when my teacher handed out a pop quiz about Jesus and the Apostles.

I just love that feeling of being in another world of creating characters and watching where they go.

I know another New York Times bestselling author - Beth Kephart - she self-published one of her books.

While some of the big publishers might give out 200 000 advances if your book does not hit some of the lists in the second week they stop paying attention to you.

Open adoption when it works is fabulous. But when it goes wrong it's so traumatizing for everybody.

I always think that in a big city anything is possible including reinventing yourself.

If a kid disappears now there's Amber Alerts: they know this-this-this. In the '50s we kids wandered around. Nobody knew what you were doing.

I had a nervous breakdown at 17 when my first love left me and he was a typical bad boy albeit a charismatic one with a string of broken hearts trailing behind him.

Literature can allow us to experience the best side of humankind where instead of giving up we struggle desperately in the ruins for love connection and hope.

A lot of people hurl themselves into relationships to lose themselves but I think the best relationships help us to be more ourselves to bring forth our best selves.

I'm a big believer in quantum physics which says that the universe is more incredible and mysterious than any of us can imagine which is my way of saying 'Anything is possible including angels.'

Indie bookstores love writers as much as they love readers and there is something about a community store where you walk in you feel known and the delight in books is just infectious.

When self-publishing started it was mostly people who really couldn't write. And they just wanted to get their book out and they couldn't get traditional deals.

My first husband was a serial cheater.

Never be with anyone you couldn't imagine yourself being able to live without.

I had always known that I was Jewish - we celebrated the holidays we went to a synagogue - but I had never known that I was supposed to feel ashamed about it.

A product name has to be specific. You know that Tasty Soup is tasty - that Hot Chips will burn off the roof of your mouth.

By the time I was 5 I was already an outcast. It was the early 1960s and I was part of the only Jewish family in a decidedly Christian suburb of Waltham Mass.

A title means marketing. It means that company's coming soon and you'd better get out the Christmas lights so they don't miss your house.

Writers are magpies and we collect details about people and we use them for fictional characters.

All writers know how important a good title is. It's the first thing readers see along with a knock-your-socks-off cover - a seductive 'come hither' for the story within.

I think the Internet has made things a lot easier. Twitter and Facebook let you really connect to your readers effortlessly!

I am an indifferent cook but I can make pie.

I think it's crucial to live play and work passionately. I'm inspired by my husband my son and the sense of possibility in the world.

When you love what you do it stops seeming like work and instead becomes necessity.

Do what you love. Live fearlessly and take risks. Don't take no for an answer from anyone - go ahead and prove the naysayers wrong. Believe that anything can be possible.

I've always had a clear sense that time is short and we need to live as fully as we can in every moment.

Housewives of the 1950s were supposed to create show-stopping meals every night for their hard-working husbands.

L.A. is a place people come to for all sorts of reasons often to reinvent themselves and that fascinates me.

I call Algonquin Books 'the gods and goddesses of publishing.' Not only did they give me a career they care deeply about every writer in their flock.

Oh I've had terrible terrible relationships! The fact that I ever got happily married to a great normal man is kind of a miracle.

I write about the things that haunt or obsess me.

I write about what haunts me and I write the books I myself am dying to read. I love it. I can't think of anything I'd rather do.

I cried to my mother that I wanted to go to Hebrew school; I wanted Jewish friends. But when my mother took me the kids there all knew each other and somehow I was even more of an outcast.

Writing is really hard and it's really a skill.

E-readers are changing the way we read and the author is now required to get out there and be a kind of showman an unlikely role for introspective people used to working in their pajamas!

People love stories. They need stories.

I love rewriting because that is where and how you discover the story. Its like you have this skeleton and you get to put flesh on it and hair and clothes and really wonderful jewelry.

I love rewriting because that is where and how you discover the story. It's like you have this skeleton and you get to put flesh on it and hair and clothes and really wonderful jewelry.

Everyone thinks that a new place or a new identity will jumpstart a new life.

I'm big on story structure. I studied with John Truby who mapped out story by means of moral wants and needs and that's what I do. Hey so does John Irving.

There have been years where I've had to take a real job and I wrote during slow times and lunches. I think never forgetting how lucky I am to be able to do something I love has really fueled me.