Literary Birthday - 31 October - Katherine Paterson

Happy Birthday, Katherine Paterson, born 31 October 1932

10 Quotes

  1. I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
  2. Words are humanity’s greatest natural resource, but most of us have trouble figuring out how to put them together. Words aren’t cheap. They are very precious. They are like water, which gives life and growth and refreshment, but because it has always been abundant, we treat it cheaply. We waste it; we pollute it, and doctor it. Later we blame the quality of the water because we have misused it.
  3. I guess real maturity, which most of us never achieve, is when you realise that you’re not the centre of the universe.
  4. The wonderful thing about books is that they allow us to enter imaginatively into someone else’s life. And when we do that, we learn to sympathise with other people. But the real surprise is that we also learn truths about ourselves, about our own lives that somehow we hadn’t been able to see before.
  5. I love writing for young adults because they are such a wonderful audience, they are good readers, and they care about the books they read.
  6. Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.
  7. The problem with people who are afraid of imagination, of fantasy, is that their world becomes so narrow that I don’t see how they can imagine beyond what their senses can verify. We know from science that there are entire worlds that our senses can’t verify.
  8. A story is open-ended. A story invites you into it to make your own meaning.
  9. I think if a book has the power to move a reader, it also has the power to offend a reader. And you want your books to have power, so you just have to take what comes with that.
  10. All of us use art and literature as an escape from time to time, but if it’s any good, it has a healing quality - a quality that enlarges our human spirits.

Paterson is an American author best known for children’s novels. She is the winner of numerous awards, including two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She was the second U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2010–2011. 

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Literary Birthday - 31 October - Mari Jungstedt

Happy Birthday, Mari Jungstedt, born 31 October 1962

Three Quotes

  1. Gotland is perfect as a crime scene because it’s an island and you have this kind of closed atmosphere. You have the coast line like a circle around you.
  2. I had three thoughts in my mind when I started my first attempt to write a book – I wanted it to be a crime novel,  I wanted it to take place on Gotland and I wanted it to be about something more than “just” a suspenseful crime story – I wanted to tell something else, some human problem that people can relate to and find interesting, I wanted  to have a depth in the story.
  3. I chose to write a crime novel because I have always loved reading them myself. Even during my childhood I always loved suspenseful stories and mysteries. 

Jungstedt is a Swedish popular crime fiction author of 11 novels. Six titles have been the basis for Swedish movies.

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Literary Birthday - 30 October - Gertrude Atherton

Happy Birthday, Gertrude Atherton, born 30 October 1857, died 14 June 1948

Five Quotes

  1. Authors are far closer to the truths enfolded in mystery than ordinary people, because of that very audacity of imagination which irritates their plodding critics. 
  2. The very commonplaces of life are components of its eternal mystery. - 
  3. Possibly there are few imaginative writers who have not a leaning, secret or avowed, to the occult. The creative gift is in very close relationship with the Great Force behind the universe; for aught we know, may be an atom thereof.
  4. Women love the lie that saves their pride, but never an unflattering truth.
  5. Get up every morning with the set intention of writing and go to your desk and sit there for three hours, whether you accomplish anything or not. Before long you will find that you are writing madly, not waiting for inspiration.

Atherton was a prominent, prolific American author. Her best-seller Black Oxenwas made into a silent movie of the same name. She also wrote short stories, essays, and articles for magazines and newspapers on feminism, politics, and war. 

 by Amanda Patterson. Amanda is the founder of Writers Write. Her signature courses are Writers WriteThe Plain Language Programme, and The Social Brand. Follow her on PinterestFacebookGoogle+Tumblr and Twitter.  

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