"I would definitely say I get an easier flow when I get a ‘bam’ kind of story and literally can’t write fast enough to get it down. When I’m creating a world, that definitely takes a lot more time.." — Samantha Towle
"If I’m spending fourteen hours in front of a computer, not all of that is going to be valuable writing time. Stepping away is sometimes better. Overall, I’ll be able to write that book with more clarity and focus than if I try and just tether myself to my laptop." — Helena Hunting
"I think you infuse yourself into every character—even the villains. That’s what’s cool about writing—it’s such an expression of yourself." — Jewel E Ann
"In my writing, I’ll come up with a twist, and then take it a step further because I’m like ‘Ok, that’s going to be what everybody thinks is going to happen, but I’m going to do it this way.’ So that’s my goal—to try to throw everybody off.”
— Colleen Hoover
"Nothing excites us more than when people pick up a book that we’ve loved.
It’s always got to come down to the book and the words. Strip everything else away and still the most important thing for us is the book—nothing else.”
— Jenny & Gitte
"I love hearing people’s life stories, you know? Just the nitty gritty little bits of what's got them to where they are." — Nina Levine
"There’s nothing I like more than getting into someone else’s head and seeing what it’s like in there." — Caroline Kepnes
"I’ve always kind of had an affinity for writing in general, but I never thought about writing fiction until I sat down to do it … It worked out, and I love it. I love it so much, and I’m so grateful that I chose to take a chance on doing that." — Mia Sheridan
"Whether it’s romance and just sweet, big love but with an angsty moment or some devastating realization, or whether it’s a psych thriller where there’s a twist that is so clever that I didn’t even see it coming that makes me at the end of the book say, ‘I knew it was going this way, but I never saw this!’ That makes me excited." — Maryse
"[The big picture has] always been movies…for me. But writing ended up being the perfect medium, I guess you could say, to help me express those movies that I’ve always seen in my head." — Kate Stewart
"You know, when you write, your characters affect you a little bit, and whatever is happening with them, it kind of rubs off on you." — Calia Read
"Everything that I made [Jesse] do, I would only pause for a moment and think, ‘Oh my goodness. Am I actually going to make him do this?’ But I didn’t really think anyone would ever read it . . . I thought only I could love such a nutcase—but apparently not." — Jodi Ellen Malpas
"I just started writing, and as soon as I did, it was like a release. It clicked in me that I don’t care if these stories don’t even go anywhere or no one reads them. I was just like, 'I have to write!'" — Tijan
"I said to myself, ‘I’m changing my process because my process sucks,’ … and for two weeks, I didn’t write a word. Not one sentence came out. My muse basically said, ‘I don’t know what you think you are, but we’re not this!’ After that, I put everything in the garbage and went back to my process, and now I embrace it."
— Jennifer Probst
"It gets done, not really in a linear sort of process. I get little snippets of each chapter as they come to me, and then I just, sort of, connect the dots." — Cassia Leo
"We enjoy the process, no matter what, but I think we enjoy it most when the book takes control." — Christina Lauren
"I love mornings! I love the idea of "Oh, I have a whole new day." And then when the day starts to fly by around one or two, I'm like "Crap!"
But there's always tomorrow." — Emma Chase
"One of my strengths as an author is to bring emotion to the page… I’m a character writer, so when I start writing, I’m in that character. So, when I have to go into dark places, it takes a toll… I have to make a conscious effort that when I come out of my office at the end of the day, I have to switch it off.'" — Courtney Cole
"Sometimes I’ll complain about things and then I’ll be like, my gosh, I feel so weird complaining because there are so many people who wish they could complain, or so many people who wish their mothers or sisters were here to complain, and they’re no longer here…then you sit back and you’re just like, 'Man, we’re so lucky.'" — Claire Contreras
"I feel like sometimes we pussyfoot around real things–we walk on eggshells–and when we do that, it’s not productive because we’re not having conversations around truth. We’re having conversations around only those things that we feel comfortable bringing out.
Some of my books are not necessarily 'interracial,' but all of my books have diversity. That is a part of my mission as a writer—to reflect culture as I see it actually." - Kennedy Ryan