Quotes by: Mal Peet

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I don't really see any barrier between teenage fiction and adult literature.
Mal Peet
Although I now spend most of my time writing novels for teenagers and adults, 'readaloudability' is still a criterion I try to adhere to.
Mal Peet
I feel able to steal from Emily Dickinson because she's both wonderful and dead.
Mal Peet
I'm not sure that when I read 'Treasure Island' for the first time, when I was about 10, I understood all the words or what was going on. But that didn't stop me reading it, and I certainly didn't forget it.
Mal Peet
I try to write stories that will attract younger readers and make them feel part of a wider readership. I do not feel able to write books that are about, or even for, teenagers; and I am inclined to be suspicious of books which 'target' them.
Mal Peet
When I'm working, I always read stuff that's as far away from what I'm working on as possible, so I'll read American crime fiction at bedtime, or Emily Dickinson.
Mal Peet
I can ask for a £25,000 advance, but then you spend a year writing the book, and £25,000 is a loan against sales, and you can easily spend five years earning out. So that's £25,000 for six years.
Mal Peet
It's a nonsense because, as we all know, there are brilliant 15-year-old readers and hopeless 50-year-old readers. All that categorisation is a matter of bookshop shelves rather than literary categories, I think.
Mal Peet
Everyone who sits on a sofa watching 'Match of the Day' is a top soccer expert, as you know. So if you start to worry about such people reading your story and saying, 'That'd never happen' you're going to freeze up. You're writing fiction, and your characters can do whatever you need them to do.
Mal Peet
After being rejected for years, I found a publisher for 'Keeper,' and it won prizes, and then I had to write a second and a third book because I kept taking the money and spending it.
Mal Peet
It pretty much defeats the purpose of bedtime reading if you fall asleep before the kids do. And you tend to wake up with a matchbox stuck on the end of your nose and/or a potty on your head.
Mal Peet
Fundamentalism - of any variety - is a form of illiteracy, in that it asserts that it is necessary to read only one book.
Mal Peet
I used to play all the time. I would play football when it was light and read when it was dark.
Mal Peet
Sex and death, the magnetic poles of fiction, attract us children's writers no less than adult authors, but we have to be more leery of their pull.
Mal Peet
Football is a bit like chess: it's not just the piece being moved that matters; it's also the effect that move has on all the other pieces.
Mal Peet
'Smart', in American usage, is slicker and sharper than 'intelligent'; faster off the mark and quicker on its feet than deep thought.
Mal Peet
'Keeper' is about fathers, ultimately. and also conservation, commitment and ambition.
Mal Peet
Benches and books have things in common beyond the fact that they're generally to do with sitting. Both are forms of public privacy, intimate spaces widely shared.
Mal Peet
I want to entertain, but I also want to push the barriers beyond what kids are conditioned into accepting.
Mal Peet
If I were to try to describe the way in which I write, the only word I would use without qualification is 'slowly.'
Mal Peet
I find myself, by happy accident, writing 'Young Adult' fiction. However, I dislike such categories.
Mal Peet
I tend to boycott all teenage reading while I'm trying to write my own stuff.
Mal Peet
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