Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them.
It never pays to deal with the flyweights of the world. They take far too much pleasure in thwarting you at every turn.
Thinking is hard work, which is why you don't see many people doing it.
I write letters to my right brain all the time. They're just little notes. And right brain, who likes to get little notes from me, will often come through within a day or two.
It's disconcerting to realize how little you have to say to someone who once occupied such a prominent place in your bed.
After my years in Hollywood, I got tired of apologizing for work that really wasn't mine to begin with.
I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and Humanities.
At that point, I sat down and made an alphabetical list of all the crime related words I could think of. So here I am now, nearly half-way through, probably tied up until the year 2015 or SO.
Books are like movies of the mind and it's better to leave Kinsey where she is.
Kinsey was never a lawyer. She's strictly blue collar.
The truth is, I could no more dictate her nature than she could dictate mine. Kinsey's happy as she is and she doesn't need to be rescued, improved, or saved.
I'm not sure Kinsey has changed in these first twelve books. I think the reader learns more about her, but from Kinsey's perspective, only three years have passed while the rest of us have been getting older at a much faster clip.
I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year, transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years, and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961.
The character of Rosie is based on a woman who used to live in the same apartment building I lived in many years ago. She's taken on a life of her own, of course.
I don't want to write formula. I don't want to crank these books out like sausages. Every book is different, which takes a hell of a lot of ingenuity on my part.