K. A. Applegate Quotes

One of the reasons I love writing for middle graders besides their voracious appetite for books is their deep concern for fairness and morality.

I hate to witness animals in captivity - or see circus elephants paraded down the streets. When animals are caged it's a loss of what they are.

I think we have a real obligation when we do have animals in captivity to understand their needs and to care for them as well as we can.

When I was a child going to a circus with wild animal acts was a rite of passage. These days it's an act of complicit cruelty.

At the end of the day I'd love to see children stop begging their parents to go to the circus. That's what would make me most happy.

What do we lose without wild animal acts at the circus? Absolutely nothing except the opportunity to be haunted and heartbroken.

When we have financial struggles kids are so much more aware of things than we want them to be.

I think all writers write from the time they're really young and you just start asking the question 'What if?'

I was sure I wanted to grow up to be either a veterinarian or a writer. In fact I worked for a vet during high school doing everything from cleaning cages to assisting in surgery.

I think having imaginary friends is an amazing coping mechanism. It's pretty wonderful and it makes a lot of sense to me.

Stan is a rescue Chihuahua mix. He was the role model for Bob the dog in 'Ivan.' The drawings in the book look precisely like Stan.

I tend to write short brief snippets - I lean toward the chamber music end as opposed to the symphony end of things.

It occurred to me that a food drive would be a natural way to talk to kids about hunger which so many of them simply aren't aware of.

I've got to believe I'm the first person to win the Newbery who has written a Harlequin romance!

I really love writing but I am very easily distracted: my two cats fighting a rainbow a TV show... I have to use every trick to keep myself at the computer.

I love any excuse to come to New York - when it's not February.

I hope kids feel gratitude for what they do have.

One of my first paid gigs was writing psychology quizzes for 'YM ' a monthly teen magazine like 'Seventeen.'

Hunger and homelessness aren't things we always want to talk about.

I live in a high-rise apartment building so I just have two cats. They're both pound kitties. One of them Dick is an evil foot-biting cat. When I write a tiger morph I'm always imagining Dick.

I think I was 9 and my mom ordered them for me from a catalogue. They bred like crazy and I was selling gerbils all around Michigan. They wrote a story about me in the local newspaper.