Monica Ali Quotes

Some writers are more natural public performers than others; personally I find it quite strange giving interviews. But everyone has parts of their job that they like more than others. You can't complain if you get to do what you love doing most of the time, can you?

Love Quotes, Time Quotes, Giving Quotes, Writers Quotes

People don't get involved with local charities or politics because they think it's hard to make a difference and the problem feels overwhelming. But I believe that if all I've time for this year is to write one letter to the local council, it's still worth doing.

Time Quotes, Politics Quotes, Worth Quotes

Outside of interviews, I spend very little time thinking about myself. I spend time thinking about my writing and my children and other things that are pertinent.

Children Quotes, Time Quotes, Thinking Quotes

 

I'm very eclectic in my music tastes - anything from Nina Simone to Beethoven to Talvin Singh.

Music Quotes

I get really excited if I think I'm going to introduce somebody to a writer they haven't found before and I think they'll love. My favorite books to get as gifts are any that the giver is messianic about.

Love Quotes

I rarely get a moment to myself, but I love the way that my agenda is dictated by the children, not my work.

Children Quotes, Love Quotes, Work Quotes

You know how if you're born in a certain situation you always expect your life to run on a steady trajectory? I've never really had a sense of that. I assume that life is going to go up and down.

Life Quotes

A new car is not going to change your life.

Life Quotes, Change Quotes

I don't want to get hung up on what 'people,' that nebulous mass, think about me. That's the way to unhappiness, I think.

Happiness Quotes

I like Beryl Bainbridge a great deal, and she is a writer who absolutely demands to be read a second, third, and fourth time. I admire her great courage in leaving so much unsaid and asking the reader to really engage her brain.

Great Quotes, Time Quotes, Courage Quotes

I always try to create conflict and drama in my books; it's the engine of the novel.

Conflict Quotes

I started writing 'Brick Lane' when my children were two years and five months old. We were on holiday in the north of England when I was overtaken by a compulsion to start writing.

Children Quotes

Character is always my driving force. And to tell a good story and to provide an entertaining read.

Character Quotes