Justin Cronin Quotes

  • And I had always liked vampire stories because they are great material that can be refashioned in lots of ways.
  • When you write, you take the ball and you hold it up to the light and you turn it slowly, and let people draw their own conclusions. And try to bring empathy to all sides of the equation.
  • One of the traps or the pitfalls of writing a trilogy - or a triptych, or whatever term you want to use - is that the second book can be a long second act to get you from book one to book three, which borrows all of its energy from the first book.
  • I'm an ecumenical reader, grew up with all sorts of fiction, teach writing, went to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, so my tastes and interests are broad.
  • And I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, especially apocalyptic and postapocalyptic fiction.
  • And indeed, I am a warmhearted and thoroughly domestic man who gets up and makes pancakes for his children and kisses them on the head when he sends them off to their day.
  • My inventing time is all done under the influence of aerobic exercise. Basically, I do all my thinking while I run.
  • One of the things I constantly think about as a writer is the way in which people are full of contradictions - there's all this contradictory information inside a human personality.
  • Writing is a job: you must show up.
  • If you are writing any book about the end of the world, what you are really writing about is what's worth saving about it.
  • So, whenever I'm writing, I'm writing in the presence of all the other books I've read and I think we all are.
  • Writers who pretend that everything they're doing is completely new are full of it.
  • I came to Houston for a job, the reason most people move halfway across the country with a first grader and a five-week-old. I came here to teach at Rice.
  • I have any number of completely dark obsessions and fascinations, and none of this was present in my profile or my growing profile as a writer.
  • I was very much a child of the Cold War.
  • Vampires have always been hot. They are one of our most durable monsters. It's one of those stories that galvanizes us early and it's always going on.
  • I grew up during the Cold War, when everything seemed very tenuous. For many years, right up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, I had vivid nightmares of nuclear apocalypse.
  • I like to break left when people think I'm going to go right.
  • I've never written a movie, I'm not in the movie business. I go out to L.A. and I'm like everyone else wandering around in a daze hoping I see movie stars. I write the novels that the movies are based on, and that feels like enough of a job for me.
  • I like creating villains.
  • My theory of characterization is basically this: Put some dirt on a hero, and put some sunshine on the villain, one brush stroke of beauty on the villain.
  • If you write a good action sequence well in a novel, you're already writing it for film, because the only way to do it well is to use some of the same tricks. They're rhetorical, not visual, but it's the same move.
  • I'm a workmanlike writer. I show up every day and treat it like a job. The old rule that writing is like any other job, the first rule is that you must show up. I'm at the keyboard from 9 to 4 every day.
  • There's an outline for each of the books that I adhere to pretty closely, but I'm not averse to taking it in a new direction, as long as I can get it back to where I need it to go.