Best Quotes from Claire Cameron

I was hiking a five-day loop – alone – in the Rocky Mountains when I rounded the switchback and saw a large body on the trail ahead. It had brown fur with a cinnamon tinge that was draped across dense, humped back muscle. A broad head lifted and I could see the dish-shaped muzzle was catching my scent. I knew bears. This was a grizzly.

Claire Cameron

A young woman hiking alone in the mountains sounds dangerous. In the pre-cell phone era maybe it was, but I’ll stop short of calling it foolish.

Claire Cameron

The feat of surviving is directly related to the capacity of the survivor.

Claire Cameron

How do you solve a mystery? How do you write a book? The techniques for starting both are surprisingly similar. Find an intriguing question and, pen and dagger tucked under cloak, search for clues.

Claire Cameron

The body needs food, warmth and water, but your heart needs more.

Claire Cameron

While ‘Visitation Street’ has the markings of a traditional whodunnit mystery – starting with a missing girl, intrigue and many suspicious characters – Pochoda shows her hand early on by fingering a culprit. The book turns, then, into a ‘whydunnit.’

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What sets ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ apart is Riggs’s use of ‘found’ photographs as a spark of inspiration for the narrative. ‘Found’ describes art created from common objects that are not normally considered art.

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I would get a lot of writing done if I lived in isolation in a cave under a swamp.

Claire Cameron

I was haunted by a bear attack that happened in Algonquin Park in 1991. The problem was that I don’t believe in ghosts, so that ruled out an exorcism. My other choice was to start writing.

Claire Cameron

I like situations that push a character to the edge.

Claire Cameron

I would have liked to be on the streets of Manhattan during 9/11. My working theory is that people are much kinder to each other in times of trauma than we tend to portray in our stories.

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I love the Internet, and I love wasting time on the Internet – even though it sometimes ends up being not being a waste of time.

Claire Cameron

I cried most days working on the first draft. The last scenes were the hardest. I had a feeling where I wanted to end – the exact note – but I couldn’t see how to get there. Sarah Murphy, my editor, asked the right questions to help me. I think of ‘The Bear’ as a hopeful book.

Claire Cameron

I’ll settle for successful during my lifetime because at least I can be conscious of the delusion that it means something.

Claire Cameron

I’m very rigid about my schedule. I sit down at 8 A.M., and the Internet blocker goes on. My standard time is 120 minutes. I’m a compulsive writer, so it reminds me to stop writing… If I write more than that, I turn into an ogre for my kids.

Claire Cameron

I find this mortifying to admit, but I have one of those balls that helps my posture. They’re hard to sit on, so it stops me from sitting too long… I also wear a pair of 3M(TM) PELTOR(TM) Optime(TM) II Ear Muffs. They’re the same ones that people wear on the tarmac among the planes – noise blockers.

Claire Cameron

Many of my favorite survivors in fiction show that it may not be the most muscled, macho or mighty people who pull through. A strong mind and body aren’t always enough. You might also need a resilient heart.

Claire Cameron

Everything has the potential to be extraordinary, whether an old photograph, a book or a life. If you find it ordinary, you simply need to take a closer look.

Claire Cameron

A lot of people have trouble with their second novel – the dreaded sophomore jinx. I wrote three books in between the two novels, and they just weren’t very good.

Claire Cameron

Parents spend a lot of time talking over kids. My son went through a vocabulary burst as I was writing ‘The Bear.’ I thought, ‘What if I just stopped and listened?’

Claire Cameron