Quotes by: Laurell K. Hamilton
I've been writing stories since I was 12. 'Writer's Digest' was one of my writing teachers, actually.
Here's the secret to finishing that first book. Don't rewrite as you go.
I try not to worry about rewriting books that worked well the first time. I'm too busy writing new books to worry about things that are already in print.
My characters surprise me constantly. My characters are like my friends - I can give them advice, but they don't have to take it. If your characters are real, then they surprise you, just like real people.
You'd think a sociopath assassin wouldn't have a fan following but he does.
I think that my vampires in general were influenced by my being allowed to watch the Hammer vampire films. Vampire Circus, also shown as Circus of Fear, was one of those movies.
The fey in this country keep to themselves, and are a separate nation, much like the American Indians, but with even more autonomy.
What we prefer to read is sort of like sexual preference, you like what you like. Most of the time you have no clue why.
Everyone spends their lives trying to balance their world between good and evil.
One of my rules is never explain. A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane.
I am a very linear thinker, so I write beginning to end. I write hundreds of pages per book that never make it into print.
I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will.
I guess, what I'm saying is that when I've been this surprised by my own characters and world, all bets are off.
For me the Anita series is built like a mystery series, which means that as much as possible each book stands alone, so you have a mystery to solve from the beginning to the end of the book.
Now that I'm being very successful, publishers are trying to mainstream me, but I'm unabashedly genre. It's what I like to read, what I like to write.