I kept sending out stories and getting rejected.
I have a hard time with abstractions. I always go to the personal.
I just wanted to live in books and in movies.
I always read poetry before I write, to sensitize me to the rhythms and music of language.
I despise places where you have to have an assigned seat. Makes me feel like I’m at the airport.
Dostoevsky was my literary idol for a long time.
Crime novelists do really well with Los Angeles.
As an undergraduate, I had not studied literature – I was a history major.
A novelist can get by on story, but the poet has nothing but the words.
A book’s flaws make it less predictable.
A figure in Los Angeles politics for five decades, my mother nevertheless had had her fill of talking to people by the time she came home at night.
I tried writing fiction as a little kid, but had a teacher humiliate me, so didn’t write again until I was a senior in college.
A cliche is like a coin that has been handled too much. Once language has been overly handled, it no longer leaves a clear imprint.
I’ve been depressed many times in my life. But under it all I’m an optimist.
My house is modern, but I like my writing room to be old fashioned. I write on a little wooden secretary desk.