Belva Plain was born 9 October 1915, and died 12 October 2010
- Entertainment is a very valid need.
- My advice to would-be writers? READ. Read the best there is and thereby learn. And keep trying. Writing isn’t easy-it is very hard work, requiring a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Many colleges offer extension courses in writing. I think these are very helpful.
- I wrote Evergreen because I had to write it. I had no real idea that it might be published and that’s the truth. I know how competitive the world is and I did not want to become the sad victim of false hopes.
- I thought it was time to write about the kind of people I know. I got sick of reading the same old story, told by Jewish writers, of the same old stereotypes – the possessive mothers, the worn-out fathers, all the rest of the neurotic rebellious unhappy self-hating tribe. I wanted to write a different novel about Jews – and a truer one.
- I am an early riser, though, and morning is my work time. I do have a special workroom where no one interrupts me except my dog.
- I write in long-hand on a yellow pad-I do not use a computer because, first of all I’m not computer literate and second because I like to take time to think about what I am saying.
- I think it is as difficult for me to describe this process of inspiration as it would be for a composer to tell how a melody took shape in his/her head.
Plain was an American author. There were over 30 million copies of her novels in print in 22 languages. 21 of her novels appeared on the New York Times best-seller list
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