We're making the same mistakes we made 1,000 years ago. So they must be the right ones. So relax.
I think in a way, you're doomed, once you can envision something. You're sort of doomed to make it happen. I've found that the moment I can envision leaving a relationship, that's usually the moment that the relationship starts to fall apart.
What I'm always trying to do with every book is to recreate the effect of the stories we heard as children in front of campfires and fireplaces - the ghost stories that engaged us.
If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?
My goal is never to make fun of religion.
I know that I'm going to die and that you're going to die. I can't do anything about that. But I can explore it through a metaphor and make a kind of funny, dark story about it, and in doing so, really exhaust and research as many aspects of it as I can imagine. And in a way, that does give me some closure.
I write nothing but contemporary romances.
The best thing about getting a flu shot is that you never again need to wash your hands. That's how I see it.
In a way, a lot of my humor comes from presenting things that are dramatic or shocking and then people not having socially appropriate responses, having people denying the drama by failing to react to it, and that's a really classic form of humor.
Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?
A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.
If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that's much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning.
My goal is to create a metaphor that changes our reality by charming people into considering their world in a different way.
I haven't had television since 1991, and it definitely influences me. As a child of the 1970s, I couldn't hold a narrative in my head; I was lucky if I could hold a joke in my head, because every time you turn on television or radio, it wipes the slate clean - at least in my case.
I like to get people moving and jumping. I think it's good to add more emotion and chaos.
'Romance' is based on my entire creative process. I fall in love with an idea, obsess over it, isolate myself with it, and when I eventually introduce it to my friends, they all tell me that it's stupid.
If nothing else, there's comfort in recognising that no matter how much we fail and sin, death will limit our suffering.
Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer.
Destruction is always an attractive idea. My brother and I used to spend weeks making models of cities so that we could destroy them in 15 minutes. There's a fantastic joy in destroying something that you've meticulously built. Then you're free to build a new thing. Destruction and creation... they're inseparable.
If you flee from the things you fear, there's no resolution.
Minimalism seems closest to the sophisticated storytelling of movies. Movies have really educated contemporary audiences to be the most intelligent, sophisticated audiences in history. We don't any longer need to have the relationship between one scene and the next explained. We will figure it out ourselves.
I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.
I try to forget about the expectation that's out there and the audience listening for the next thing so that I'm not trying to please them. I've spent a huge amount of time not communicating with those folks and denying that they exist.
People have to deal with their issues together; they have to expose themselves and kind of exhaust themselves.
My writing process isn't a very organized thing.
My best advice for writers is: Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly - all these make for great stories.
People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.
I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.
I live by fallacy. 'If I get enough nice Ikea furniture, I'll be a grown-up.' Then I catch myself. Or, 'If I get off by myself, away from the stress of modern life, I'll be OK.' Then I catch myself.
For me, writing is a kind of coping mechanism.