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The media could do a much better job, that's for sure, especially the media that targets women... Human rights? They couldn't care less!

The first lie of fiction is that the author gives some order to the chaos of life: chronological order, or whatever order the author chooses.

I tend to see the similarities in people and not the differences.

I write to understand my circumstances, to sort out the confusion of reality, to exorcise my demons. But most of all, I write because I love it!

If I didn't write my soul would dry up and die.

Writing is my job. I don't think of it as art.

I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.

I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.

For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.

Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor - they have children that they don't want or they cannot feed.

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate.

My life is about ups and downs, great joys and great losses.

I don't think I would be a writer if I had stayed in Chile. I would be trapped in the chores, in the family, in the person that people expected me to be.

I was not supposed to be in any way a liberated person. I was a female born in the '40s in a patriarchal family; I was supposed to marry and make everyone around me happy.

If this world is going to be a better place for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it will be women who make it so.

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.

Roots are not in landscape or a country, or a people, they are inside you.

I don't want an uneventful and safe life, I prefer an adventurous one.

Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.

I have been a woman for 46 years and I only recently realized I can't change it and I like it.