Most of the authors I liked were dead, so it didn't seem like a safe occupation.

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

Get to know your kids' minds and how they think.

I have a very vivid memory of the way my parents spoke, and the 50's that I grew up in are closer to the 20's, I think, than today in many, many ways.

Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don't care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author's cruelty. And the reader's sympathy...it takes a mean author to write a good story.

What would I hold on to up there? His great ears? What if I fell and pulled an ear off with me, or grabbed his silver pendant and swung from his neck like a bell clapper? No, thank you.

In books and in life, you need to read several pages before someone's true character is revealed.

I was excited to make my own 'Neverland.'

Contemporary fiction is the hardest for me because I am not really in the popular culture - I don't watch TV.

Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.

Everyone else reached the Shores of Sleep, but I remained oceans away.

Fairy blood does not make you clumsy. That's human.

Your mother was beautiful. His voice was regretful. I'm sorry she's dead.

As a child, I loved fairy tales because the story, the what-comes-next, is paramount. As an adult, I'm fascinated by their logic and illogic.

Encourage children to write their own stories, and then don't rain on their parade. Don't say, 'That's not true.' Applaud flights of fantasy. Help with spelling and grammar, but stand up and cheer the use of imagination.

Climb the day, Drop your dreams, Possess the day.