Jacquelyn Mitchard

Literary Birthday – 10 December – Jacquelyn Mitchard

Happy Birthday, Jacquelyn Mitchard, born 10 December 1956.

Five Quotes

  1. Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture.
  2. I’ve been married twice and widowed once, and the most intimate relationship I’ve had is with my editors. If you had a normal ego that could be satisfied by normal things, you wouldn’t be a writer.
  3. I still live with self-doubt. It’s not easier. The only thing that’s easier is that I know where to look for what I need for the story. And I know whether the story is good or bad.
  4. I do a great deal of research. I don’t want anyone to say, ‘That could not have happened.’ It may be fiction, but it has to be true.
  5. I’m very interested in the truth that anyone’s life could be a novel. It’s a fact, you know. Most people live lives of very noisy desperation, and I’m often told by readers and cab drivers and professors that if I only knew what had happened in their own lives – well, they’re entirely correct. Behind every lighted window you see as you walk through a neighbourhood at night is a whole, fully formed drama of pity, passion, terror, elation, hope, abandonment, discovery, contentment.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is an American author. She is best known for the best-selling novel The Deep End of the Ocean, which was the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club.

Source for Image


Frypie, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 10th December 2013