Quotes by: Ransom Riggs

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Ransom Riggs
Riggs in 2012
Born (1979-02-03) February 3, 1979 (age 37)
Nationality American
Alma mater Kenyon College
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Spouse Tahereh Mafi (m. 2013–present)
Website
www.ransomriggs.com

You find a lot of junk when you're searching through lost and tossed photo ephemera, but every so often you'll find a gem, a wallet-sized masterpiece you're certain could hang on the wall of a gallery if only someone with a name had taken it. Find one or two of those and you're hooked for life.
Ransom Riggs
I happen to collect the weird stuff - photos that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little. The uncanny.
Ransom Riggs
My happy place is 40 feet out in the Gulf of Mexico, sitting on a sandbar in 80-degree water, watching clouds crawl by. Absolute heaven.
Ransom Riggs
In 'Hollow City,' I'm taking all the characters out of the lives they've been secure in for years and plunging them into the unknown. That's how you really get to know them.
Ransom Riggs
I don't want to ever write a book that seems like it's pandering to younger people or talking down to people who I know are very smart.
Ransom Riggs
Ghost stories and Sherlock Holmes mysteries were great. And I had a major soft spot for those 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books.
Ransom Riggs
I think 'Hollow City' only took a year and a half to write... but it felt like two and a half!
Ransom Riggs
Just the textures of things are really important to me as I'm writing; I think atmospherics and visuals can have such emotional impact if you can harness the thematic thread between how scenes look and how your characters feel. I like to tug on that thread.
Ransom Riggs
When you're looking through bins of thousands of random, unsorted photos, every hundredth one or so will have some writing on it.
Ransom Riggs
The end of 'Hollow City' left the peculiar children in a very precarious spot, and that's just where 'Library of Souls' begins.
Ransom Riggs
It was painful, but I really wanted to get 'Hollow City' right, and I'm glad I put in the time because I'm really proud of it.
Ransom Riggs
Woodcuts have a really timeless sort of feel, and they feel like a book that's a couple hundred years old.
Ransom Riggs
As writers, we have to make our own work - as bloggers, writing for video games, whatever we can do. Everyone breaks into the business in a different way.
Ransom Riggs
Teenagers are extremely smart, and if they think for even a second that an author is 'writing down' to them, or mimicking their voice poorly, or condescending to them in any way, they will throw the book across the room.
Ransom Riggs
I went to film school, trained as a director, have made a lot of movies, and taken a lot of photographs, so I tend to envision things spatially. As I'm working, I need to have a map of the space. I need to know what's happening in all corners simultaneously.
Ransom Riggs
'The Tales' are an important part of 'Hollow City,' when the kids discover secrets encoded in them that end up saving their lives. I wrote two tales as part of 'Hollow City,' and spent the next couple of years finishing the trilogy but itching to write more tales.
Ransom Riggs
I grew up in Florida, which is the land of flea markets and swap meets. My grandmother loved to go these places, and she'd take me along.
Ransom Riggs
I had some great English teachers. One of my favorite - her name was Linda Janoff - was wonderful and so irreverent and so smart and encouraging.
Ransom Riggs
I was looking for some vintage furniture, and I came across this booth where they sold old pictures. This guy didn't just have things in a box; he had really curated his collection. Each image was like this little folk masterpiece.
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