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Another woman approached me while I was having lunch at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that the reason she had become a lawyer was because she had read 'Rage of Angels'. To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures.

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.

I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others.

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.

Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.

Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away. We have to appreciate that.

Abraham Lincoln because he was a man filled with great compassion who believed that all men are created free and equal, and was not afraid to stand on that platform. The way Lincoln lived his life has served me well in mine.

I will not write about anyplace in the world unless I've been there to personally research it.

What I do is put my characters into situations that are so precarious there is no way to get out. And then I figure how to get them out.

Women's value has been under-recognized for far too long.

If there is any secret to my success, I think it's that my characters are very real to me. I feel everything they feel, and therefore I think my readers care about them.

I go to great lengths to make certain situations feel right to the reader.

I think people throughout the world identify with my characters.

When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators. But when you write a novel, it's yours.

In a novel, on the other hand, you not only have to describe the rooms, but the clothes, the characters and what they are thinking. It's a much more in-depth process.

The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.

I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.

I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions.

I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer for about 6 years before I sold my first story.