My favorite book of all time is Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons.
Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh.
My original inspiration was my mom: a few years after the death of my dad, she started dating one my teachers!
No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back.
In order for people to be happy, sometimes they have to take risks. It's true these risks can put them in danger of being hurt.
I was too lazy to start a whole new story, so I just stuck a princess into the story I was working on... and The Princess Diaries was born!
There's nothing secret about it. Everyone knows that I am waiting for my real parents, the king and queen, to come restore me to my rightful throne.
Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.