Happy Birthday Fannie Flagg, born 21 September 1944
- I wake up in the morning and immediately before anything, I walk to my office, put on my coffee, and read my little positive affirmations. Then I sit down and start working. I stay there until 2 or 2:30 p.m., then I leave. I can’t say hello to anyone, I can’t talk to anyone on the phone, or deal with mail or television because I am severely dyslexic, and with that comes ADD. I am so easily distracted that if I see a leaf fall off a tree, I’m gone.
- Strangely enough, the first character in Fried Green Tomatoes was the café, and the town. I think a place can be as much a character in a novel as the people.
- I felt for so many years, and I still feel this way sometimes, like I was walking around in the world with a big glass bubble around me. I was observing but I wasn’t a part of. So I just wanted to put (those observations] down. The part that baffles me is that for me to write books is like a one-legged person wanting to be a tap dancer! It is so hard, and why I continued to want to do it, I don’t know.
- I think that people that are not sensitive, who seem to bang through life, do survive, but I don’t think they get the really soaring feelings that people who are more artistically bent can get.
- You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same.
Fannie Flagg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was adapted for film as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, and A Redbird Christmas.
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