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Patricia Reilly Giff, American Educator ( April 26, 1935 - )

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I loved teaching. It was my world. I only left because I was overwhelmed with three careers - teaching, writing, and my family.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Family World Writing

What inspired me to become an author? I think it was the snow in New York. I looked out the window and I said, 'Well, I have to get dressed every morning to go to teach, but if I write a book, I can stay home in my bathrobe, eat candy corn.'~Patricia Reilly Giff


Morning Home Book

I cannot outline. I do not know what the next thing is going to happen in the book until it comes out of my fingers.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Book Know Happen

I want to see children curled up with books, finding an awareness of themselves as they discover other people's thoughts. I want them to make the connection that books are people's stories, that writing is talking on paper, and I want them to write their own stories. I'd like my books to provide that connection for them.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Children Writing People

Do you all have a living room floor or a bedroom floor? Then you can write a book.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Book Living You

Everything in my life affects my writing. There are no separate parts of my life.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Life Writing My Life

Revision is the heart of writing. Every page I do is done over seven or eight times.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Heart Writing Page

When I sit and talk with a person, I'm not always paying attention. I'm looking at the person and saying, 'What is it about his or her life that appeals to me?'~Patricia Reilly Giff


Life Me Looking

If you have a friend, things are better than if you didn't have a friend.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Friend Better You

All of my books are based in some way on my personal experiences, or the experiences of members of my family, or the stories kids would tell me in school.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Family School Me

Outside of family, writing is essential. To me, it's like breathing.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Family Writing Me

To me, family is everything. I want children to realize how important their families are and what a support system a family is.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Family Children Support

I have no special talent, you know. I never took a writing course before I began to write.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Writing Talent You

Anyone who has problems, or worries, anyone who laughs and cries, anyone who feels can write. It's only talking on paper... talking about the things that matter to us.~Patricia Reilly Giff


Problems Talking Matter

Sometimes when I visit schools, kids will interview me for the school newspaper. They ask me questions and my answers tend to go on and on, and they try to write down everything I'm saying as quickly as they can. And one day, a kid holds up her hand and said, 'Do you think you could just answer 'yes' or 'no?' Aren't kids wonderful?~Patricia Reilly Giff


School Day Me

The reasons kids get into trouble in one way or another is because - Who ever told them they were special?~Patricia Reilly Giff


Special Trouble Way