Paula Danzigerwas an American children's author. She grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey. She lived in New York City and in Bearsville, New York. For several years, she had a flat in London...
I want to keep meeting new people, enlarging my circle of friends. I have great friends now... really good people. But I'm always ready for what comes next
My father was a very unhappy person, very sarcastic, and my mother was very nervous and worried about what people thought. They weren't monsters, but it wasn't a good childhood.
I made the choice long ago to write about real life. And life is both serious and funny.
When my father would yell at me, I told myself someday I'd use it in a book.
In my next life, I want to be tall and thin, parallel park and make good coffee. But for now, I have lots of stuff to work out in my life, but I'll have that until the day I die. I want to write more books
I didn't expect to be doing a whole bunch of Amber Browns. And because it was just one book, and the father had moved away, I didn't realize I was going to have to deal more with shared custody, divorce and all those issues
The books are funny and sad, and that's what people respond to.
I deal with unhappy marriages a lot. I've never been married, I'm single
I tried to write with someone else once before, but it was not successful.
I wish I had had my books when I was a kid, I do
I'm very lucky. I'm very fortunate that my books have never gone out of print - none of them
Normally, I name my characters after famous comedians.
Sometimes it's easier to show than it is to tell
At age 12, I was put on tranquilizers when I should have gotten help. There was nothing major and awful, I just didn't feel my family was supportive and emotionally generous
I think my books talk about kids learning to like and respect themselves and each other. You can't write a message book; you just tell the best story you know how to tell
I try to be careful because technology changes so much over the years. But some things don't change. Kids and parents have disagreements, kids try to manipulate, parents try to sit down with rules and regs. That part never changes
It's not about divorce, it's about living. I write about life. People sometimes go. Fathers sometimes leave. It's not all fun and games.
It's not easy being so frightened of everything. And when I think of how much I've improved in the last year, I wonder when I'll ever get finished with making changes and be really grown up.
Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem.
Mistakes are growth, and we learn not to do it again. But it doesn't make you a terrible person. That's important to me.
We spend our whole lives recovering from high school.
I feel like I'm addicted to the printed word.
Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don't forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.