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I still read romance, and I read suspense. I read them both. And part of it is, I like stories with strong characters, and I like stories where there's closure at the end. And I like stories where there's hope. That's a kind of empowerment. I think romance novels are very empowering, and I think suspense novels are, too. ---->>>

Mental illness is a disease and organic mental illness of young kids is becoming more and more of a disease... we do need to talk about it. ---->>>

I loved ghost stories, creaky staircases, stormy nights. If it guaranteed nightmares I read it by flashlight, after midnight. ---->>>

It's kind of the yin and yang that fascinate me. That for all the evil men do, there are also people who work obnoxiously long hours and sacrifice their personal lives because it is a calling - if they don't keep our streets safe, if they aren't there to advocate for and save beaten women and children and murder victims, who will? ---->>>

I have a huge author crush on Stephen King. Have never met him. Would probably embarrass myself. But it would be worth it. ---->>>

I'm unique for a suspense author in that I don't have a specialty background. A lot of suspense writers used to be lawyers or crime beat reporters. I didn't even know a cop when I started out. I finally figured out that I could visit prisons - I just had to be willing to make the phone calls. ---->>>

When I got my very first phone call that I'd hit the 'New York Times' list, I had a small rush of 'I've made it!' But the next morning, it occurred to me I didn't know what it was, so I called my agent and asked what being a 'New York Times' bestselling author really meant. He informed me that I was now a thousand pound gorilla. ---->>>

My secret vice is Sudoku puzzles. Can't stop playing them. My parents are accountants. I blame them entirely. ---->>>

I think one of the appeals of suspense is to safely explore our innermost fears. ---->>>

Post-apocalyptic novels tell you that in the future there is some great war. I would tell you that most cops say that it's going on right now. ---->>>

I like to believe my suspense novels marry the strong characters from my romance writing past, with the twisty, clever plots of my mystery writing present. ---->>>

We're all in this together - when one writer succeeds, all writers succeed. I love discovering new authors. I think we need to take care of each other and talk about craft and nurture talent. ---->>>

I'm not the most detailed writer. I have a tendency to be more action-oriented vs. descriptive. ---->>>

Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott. ---->>>

What I loved about romances was the character, and I think I still bring that to my novels. What romance taught me was that the 'who' will always matter more than the 'what.' It's fun to come up with plots, but I want to make sure the reader cares about who it's happening to. ---->>>

I'm very intrigued by e-books, the topic du jour in the industry today. As a number one bestselling Kindle author, I love the way e-books make an author's backlist accessible to new readers. Of course, price point remains a source of concern. Personally, I don't have any of the answers, but I'm intrigued by the questions. ---->>>

It is difficult to get men to pick up a female author. Women will read men, but men won't read women. ---->>>

When you're on book tours, you definitely need chocolate. At all times. ---->>>

All I've really ever done is write since I was 17, so I don't know anything about anything. For me to do a novel, I have to talk to people who know things. And what keeps me in suspense is that I am a crime aficionado. ---->>>

I don't know much about international policing and I would love to learn more. Especially in this day and age when the Internet is rapidly reducing borders and crime can happen on a larger scale than ever before. These things intrigue me. ---->>>

I still like the relationship part of any story. You don't want your character to figure everything out and then at the end of the day, go home and eat soup from a can by herself. ---->>>

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Lisa Gardner is an American author of fiction. She is the author of several thrillers including The Killing Hour and The Next Accident. She also wrote romance novels using the pseudonym Alicia Scott.(wikipedia)