SPOTLIGHT ON… Sidney Sheldon, part 2

GREAT SIDNEY SHELDON QUOTES

“I like to write about women who are talented and capable, but most important, retain their femininity. Women have tremendous power — their femininity, because men can’t do without it.”

“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”

“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”

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

“Women’s value has been under-recognized for far too long.”

“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.”

“I think that’s because believable action is based on authenticity, and accuracy is very important to me. I always spend time researching my novels, exploring the customs and attitudes of the county I’m using for their setting.”

“I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.”

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

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

“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.”

“The fact that my female characters have strong personalities but are also physically attractive probably reflects the women I’ve known in my life.”

“The part of my writing I find the most rewarding is when people write to me or speak to me in public to tell me how his or her life has been changed by my books.”

“There’s this sense of excitement because you invent and control the characters. You decide whether they live or die. I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.”

“When people tell me I’ve kept them up all night, I feel like I’ve succeeded.” “I love writing books.  Movies are a collaborative medium, and everyone is second-guessing you. When you do a novel you’re on your own. It’s a freedom that doesn’t exist in any other medium.”


Join me tomorrow for MY TEN FAVOURITE SHELDON NOVELS

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