When I write something, every word of it is meant. I can’t say it enough.
We have to become saints. We have to become like Christ. Anything less is simply not enough.
I’m definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there’s no doubt about that.
I wish we had more visible Christian and Catholic leaders who talked about love.
I was obsessed with religious questions, the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful?
You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that list don’t know each other very well.
We need to stop fighting Christian against Christian. I have no time for anything but trying to love other people. That is a full-time job.
That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one. We don’t have a group apprenticeship like a violinist might training for an orchestra.
What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels, the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary, and sought to make Him utterly believable, a vital breathing character.
I thought The Shining was just absolutely wonderful. Stephen King reaches all kinds of people. In the beginning he was just dismissed out of hand, which was terrible.
The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain.
I love New Orleans physically. I love the trees and the balmy air and the beautiful days. I have a beautiful house here.
I gave up on the big screen. The Witching Hour was at Warner Bros. for 10 years and it just didn’t work out.
Re-telling the Christian story is the essence of my vocation. That has been going on since the Evangelists in one form or another.
Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders because writers don’t come together in real groups.