Happy Birthday, Jacquelyn Mitchard, born 10 December 1956
- Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture.
- I’ve been married twice and widowed once, and the most intimate relationship I’ve had is with my editors. If you had a normal ego that could be satisfied by normal things, you wouldn’t be a writer.
- I still live with self-doubt. It’s not easier. The only thing that’s easier is that I know where to look for what I need for the story. And I know whether the story is good or bad.
- I do a great deal of research. I don’t want anyone to say, ‘That could not have happened.’ It may be fiction, but it has to be true.
- I’m very interested in the truth that anyone’s life could be a novel. It’s a fact, you know. Most people live lives of very noisy desperation, and I’m often told by readers and cab drivers and professors that if I only knew what had happened in their own lives – well, they’re entirely correct. Behind every lighted window you see as you walk through a neighbourhood at night is a whole, fully formed drama of pity, passion, terror, elation, hope, abandonment, discovery, contentment.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is an American author. She is best known for the best-selling novel The Deep End of the Ocean, which was the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club.
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