I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations.
All the stories I'll ever need are right here on Main Street.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to get something down on paper.
I simply write with an intelligent reader in mind. I don't think about how old they are.
I had my bully, and it was excruciating. Not only the bully, but the intimidation I felt.
You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy. It's the adults who get upset.
I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.
I've had aunts and uncles who not only haven't read my books but could hardly believe that I was a writer.
Family life was wonderful. The streets were bleak. The playgrounds were bleak. But home was always warm. My mother and father had a great relationship. I always felt 'safe' there.
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.