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Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan at the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Born (1951-10-18) October 18, 1951 (age 65)
Port Huron, Michigan
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Genre Fiction
Notable works Waiting to Exhale
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Disappearing Acts

Every human being I know craves love and affection.
Write from your heart, and God will take care of the rest.
I don't let negative criticism, for the most part, bother me.
It takes me forever to say my prayers these days, but I don't care, because this time around, I want to make sure God doesn't have to do any guesswork.
Terry McMillan
My stories are character driven.
I'm a fast writer.
You know, one of my fears about living alone so long is that you get used to doing everything your own way.
Terry McMillan
People need to be re – sometimes we need to reinvent ourselves and then get reacquainted with our better selves.
Terry McMillan
Let me put it this way: when I read, I learned the world was not as small as my house. And that everybody in my home town was not representative of the way people in the world were raised. And that was what saved me.
Terry McMillan
I just believe that young people need to be able to learn how to write in their own voice. Just like a musician, you pride yourself on having your own distinct sound.
Terry McMillan
As far as young kids go, my primary interest is to get parents to read to their kids. That's about the most you can do, I think.
Terry McMillan
I like doing the readings and the autographing, but the interviewing gets a little tedious because you get asked the same questions every day and sometimes three or four times a day.
Terry McMillan
There is a price for popularity. Critics look for your weaknesses, your flaws, anything that makes the work seem like a fluke and not seem worthy of all the attention it's getting.
Terry McMillan
I try to create characters that I am fascinated by on some level or intrigued by or can't stand.
Terry McMillan
I can't stand that – those women in 'Waiting to Exhale' now. I can't stand them. But that's because I'm 53 and not 33. But what they were experiencing at 33, I identified with it.
Terry McMillan
What's universal is the texture of our relationships. It's evolving. Times are changing with the women's movement. Men's roles are being redefined and, in some ways, they're confused.
Terry McMillan
I would like to think that as a result of not just my own experiences, but at least being empathetic and compassionate about other people's experiences and plights and tragedies, that I am affected by it and learn from it.
Terry McMillan
Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect.
I'm not an angry woman. I'm not bitter.
I don't live my life as a writer. I'm a mother, an African-American woman, and I do everything that everybody else does – cook and a little bit of cleaning.
Terry McMillan
I'm more interested in interpersonal relationships – between lovers families, siblings. That's why I write about how we treat each other.
Terry McMillan
Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical.