Anne Rice, American Novelist ( October 4, 1941 - )

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I know nothing of God or the Devil. I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that would damn or save my soul.~Anne Rice

God Vision Soul

The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain.~Anne Rice

Pain Pleasure Only

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.~Anne Rice

Love Joy Words

I'm always looking, and I'm always asking questions.~Anne Rice

Looking Asking Questions

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don't know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.~Anne Rice

God People Evil

To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.~Anne Rice

May Door Question

We're frightened of what makes us different.~Anne Rice

Different Us Makes

The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.~Anne Rice

World Mediocrity Need

I want to love all the children of God - Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone. I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians.~Anne Rice

Love Children God

I broke with my religion in college.~Anne Rice

Religion College Broke

When you make his sandwiches, put a sexy or loving note in his lunch box.~Anne Rice

Relationship Sexy You

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds.~Anne Rice

Knowledge World Try

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.~Anne Rice

Risk Fool Yourself

I wish we had more visible Christian and Catholic leaders who talked about love.~Anne Rice

Love Wish Christian

The vampires have always been metaphors for me. They've always been vehicles through which I can express things I have felt very, very deeply.~Anne Rice

Me I Can Vampires

Obsession led me to write. It's been that way with every book I've ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.~Anne Rice

Challenge Book Me

My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house. I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlor, and I would like all the flowers to be white.~Anne Rice

Flowers White My Own

You reach deep down and bring up what feels absolutely authentic to you as you move along with the book, but you don't know everything about it. You can't.~Anne Rice

Deep Book You

You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that list don't know each other very well.~Anne Rice

Look You Know

Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders because writers don't come together in real groups.~Anne Rice

Success Together Real

When I write something, every word of it is meant. I can't say it enough.~Anne Rice

Enough Say Word

What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels, the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary, and sought to make Him utterly believable, a vital breathing character.~Anne Rice

Son God Character

We need to stop fighting Christian against Christian. I have no time for anything but trying to love other people. That is a full-time job.~Anne Rice

Love Time Job

We have to become saints. We have to become like Christ. Anything less is simply not enough.~Anne Rice

Enough Like Become

There may be writing groups where people meet but it's occasional. You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself.~Anne Rice

May Writing People

The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?~Anne Rice

World Meaning Find

One of my earliest memories is of seeing my mother in her beach chair, reading a book under an umbrella by the water's edge while my sisters and I played beside her. Of all the life lessons she taught me, that is one of my favorites: to take time at a place I love, restore my spirit with books and the beach.~Luanne Rice

Mother Life Love

'Little Night' has layers of meaning. There's something enchanted about night. All those heavenly bodies, shooting stars, the crescent moon, celestial phenomenon. Owls fly at night, and first kisses happen. Night is romantic. Alternately, darkness hides the worst of human behavior.~Luanne Rice

Romantic Stars Darkness

Here are a few of the actors who have brought my novels to TV life: Bill Pullman, Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, Julian Sands, Gena Rowlands, Rob Lowe, Julia Ormond, Chelsea Hobbs, Tate Donovan, Anne Heche, Max Martini, Campbell Scott, Kimberly Paisley-Williams, Alexa Vega, and the late legends Richard Kiley and Kim Hunter.~Luanne Rice

Life Late Legends

During one new moon at perigee, I stood on high ground, watching salt ponds overflow, cover the beach, and meet the ocean. Because the moon was invisible, the water was black as it drowned the sand, and the event felt primal - which in fact it was, because it was nature.~Luanne Rice

Nature Ocean Water

Anyone with a heart, with a family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand that basic, wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we'll see that person again - or perhaps knowing that we won't.~Luanne Rice

Family Goodbye Heart

What it takes is to actually write: not to think about it, not to imagine it, not to talk about it, but to actually want to sit down and write. I'm lucky I learned that habit a really long time ago. I credit my mother with that. She was an English teacher, but she was a writer.~Luanne Rice

Mother Time Teacher

My first three-sisters novel in a while, 'Sandcastles' tells the story of the Sullivan family - two passionate artists and their three wildly different daughters. There's also a renegade nun and a mystery man, but I don't want to give too much away!~Luanne Rice

Family Man Mystery

Several of my favorite cousins and some of my best friends are lawyers, and I find the profession endlessly fascinating.~Luanne Rice

Best Friends Cousins

Hallmark makes beautiful films that feel as if they should be watched in a theater. The Hall family knows the power of stories, and they give us unforgettable movies with heart and depth and the resonance of classics.~Luanne Rice

Family Beautiful Power

While novels are fiction, mine are usually very close to my heart. Like my other books, 'The Lemon Orchard' is inspired by something I care about. I care so deeply. The stories are my dreams, and I want to do a lot of research. Roberto is based on a real live friend of mine named Armando who worked in my garden.~Luanne Rice

Dreams Heart Garden

I am a close friend of Robert Loggia. And I just love how, with actors, there's the screen persona. Here is Robert, known for his portrayal of many characters, including gangsters. But in real life, he is elegant and erudite. He sits in the garden reading the sonnets of William Shakespeare.~Luanne Rice

Life Love I Am

I was married to a law student, and I used to attend classes with him at Georgetown University Law Center. Being of dramatic bent, I was drawn mainly to Criminal law and Evidence classes. A just-beginning writer, I would find an empty chair and listen, mesmerized, to the lectures.~Luanne Rice

Law Listen Find

'Safe Harbor' is a state of mind... it's the place - in reality or metaphor - to which one goes in times of trouble or worry. It can be a friendship, marriage, church, garden, beach, poem, prayer, or song.~Luanne Rice

Friendship Marriage Beach

I traveled to Ireland to research 'Sandcastles,' to visit the coastline where my ancestors looked toward America, the tiny town they once loved so much, and the docks from which they sailed toward their dreams of building a better life for their family. The answers I found on that journey are woven through the novel.~Luanne Rice

Life Family Journey

A lot of writers dream of feature films, but television - by way of TNT, CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame - has always called my name. And after seeing 'True Detective,' can there be any doubt that the storytelling on TV is as genius as it gets?~Luanne Rice

Television Dream Name

I am honored to have had two Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions made from my novels - 'Silver Bells' and 'Follow the Stars Home.'~Luanne Rice

Home Stars I Am

When I was married to an abuser, he'd tell me he wouldn't have to get so angry if only I'd be less demanding, more supportive, more understanding. I hid the truth from everyone, especially myself.~Luanne Rice

Myself Truth Me

After 30 novels, release day is still a thrill. It's always a little bittersweet, too.~Luanne Rice

Day Bittersweet Always

'Little Night' comes from deep in my heart, and tells about the lengths people will go for love.~Luanne Rice

Love Deep Heart

My mother painted and wrote. She always had a painting in progress on an easel in the kitchen, so our house always smelled like oil paint. At night, she wrote after she'd put my sisters and me to bed, and the sound of her typing was our lullaby.~Luanne Rice

Mother Progress Night

My father gave me an old Olympia portable when I was in fourth grade. Our ancestors came from Ireland. Our family stories of immigration helped me understand more about my characters in 'The Lemon Orchard.'~Luanne Rice

Family Father Immigration

I went to Cork, Ireland, and stood on the dock some of my ancestors had left from. I felt their ghosts gather round me, and I cried to imagine what it must have felt like - leaving that beautiful land and those beloved people, knowing it was forever.~Luanne Rice

Beautiful People Leaving

When my father died, I was 21, and he'd been sick for a few years. He changed during his illness. He kind of softened during it.~Luanne Rice

Father Sick Kind