3 Quotes – Michelle Moran


Michelle Moran, American writer

Genre:  Historical novel

born:  August 11, 1980 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA

known for (among others):
Nefertiti: A Novel, Cleopatra’s Daughter, Rebel Queen

Website:  http://www.michellemoran.com/

Amazon:  Michelle Moran


I got my first book deal when I was in college, but it was published in Germany, and I could never actually read it.
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With each book, you get better as a writer. There is no back door to the industry. Read in the genre you want to write, as the more you read, the better you will get as an author.
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I do sit down every day and make myself write. I want 2,000 words every day or 3 single-space pages a day. I think if you are on a deadline, you have to be disciplined. If you turn things in late, you will find yourself without a contract.


Which is your favourite quote by Michelle Moran?



3 Quotes – Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychologist

July 8, 1926 in Zurich, Switzerland

August 24, 2004 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

known for (among other non-fiction books):
On Death and Dying, To Live Until We Say Goodbye,
The Tunnel and the Light

Amazon:  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
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It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
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Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.


Which is your favourite quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross?



3 Quotes – John Edgar Wideman


John Edgar Wideman, American writer
(fiction, non-fiction, short stories)

June 14, 1941 in Washington, D.C., USA

known for (among others):
A Glance Away, Reuben, Philadelphia Fire

Amazon:  John Edgar Wideman


When I wake up in the morning, I need the writing to go to. I begin there. And that’s not an accident, I mean, that habit of getting up in the morning and going to my writing first thing.
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My mother was a reader; my father was a reader. Not anything particularly sophisticated. My mother read fat historical or romantic novels; my father liked to read Westerns, Zane Grey, that kind of stuff. Whatever they brought in, I read.
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I write what I want to write, and then, when it’s finished, I use my judgment to see whether or not I think it’s intrusive. If it is problematic, then I ask those involved. I won’t necessarily do what they say. But I do consult. I haven’t had too many problems. Nobody’s really gotten angry at me. Nobody, as far as I know, has felt betrayed.


Which is your favourite quote by John Edgar Wideman?  🙂



3 Quotes – Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani student, humanitarian, former blogger for BBC Urdu and Activist

July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan

known as:
Activist for the right to education, especially female education


Awards (among others):
Nobel Peace Prize 2014 (together with Kailash Satyarthi), Sakharov Prize,
Simone de Beauvoir Prize, Honorary Canadian Citizenship

Website:  https://www.malala.org/


Books can capture injustices in a way that stays with you and makes you want to do something about them. That’s why they are so powerful.
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I like writers who can show me worlds I know nothing about, but my favorites are those who create characters or worlds which feel realistic and familiar to me, or who can make me feel inspired.
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If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.


Which is your favourite quote by Malala Yousafzai?

Peace, dear friends and readers.  ☘



3 Quotes – Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne, American writer
born:  Mary Pope

genre(s):  children’s picture books, fantasy, myths and fairy tales retold, American biography and fictional diary

born:  May 20, 1949 in Fort Sill Oklahoma, USA

known for (among others):  Magic Tree House series

Website:  http://mthclassroomadventures.org/


I get ideas from my own personal experiences, from my imagination, and from my research and from old stories.
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I love reading all kinds of books. I usually have about ten books going at any one time – books about the past, the present, novels, non-fiction, poetry, mythology, religion, etc. Reading is my favorite thing to do.
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I discovered writing children’s books was a way to keep living in my imagination like a child. So I wrote a number of books before I started ‘Magic Tree House.’ Then, once I got that, I never looked back because I could be somewhere different in every single book.


Which is your favourite quote by Mary Pope Osborne?  🙂