One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.
In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn't perhaps completely whole, that something was left out.
Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don't then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.
The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this.
A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.
I think back to the old people I knew when I was growing up, and they always seemed larger than life.