Piers Anthony

Born: August 6, 1934

Occupation: Author

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Piers Anthony

Never thought I'd see the day when Death was denied. That leaves taxes as the only certainty.

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When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.

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I turned my home state of Florida into the Land of Xanth.

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If every editor turns you down, maybe you should take a second look at your text, however, just in case.

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It would be easier to write a novel without reader input, but I feel the fiction is richer for it.

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One reason I don't suffer Writer's Block is that I don't wait on the muse, I summon it at need.

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What I like least is dealing with publishers who simply don't want collaborations regardless of their merit.

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When I started writing this, I found that I simply couldn't take fantasy seriously, so it became humorous, and continued from there.

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I never do a full outline, and if I did, I would not feel bound to it, because the view from inside a scene can be different from the view outside it. But neither do I just start writing and see what happens;...

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Princess Rose should indeed be a TV movie, assuming something doesn't go wrong. I don't know how good a movie it will be, because the way movie folk think is different from the way writers think, and I...

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As for collaboration - I have done a lot, 26 books, and found publishers increasingly resistive to them. It's not that the books are bad; editors won't even read them.

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Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series also shows the potential of lighter fantastic fiction. I read the first, and listened to a tape of a later one, and it's fun.

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I did not know at first that it would be a series; I discovered after the first novel that I had more to say about it, so I did another. And another, and then the readers demanded yet more.

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I do one Xanth novel a year, because at the moment that is all that publishers will accept; they don't want any other type of fiction from me, so Xanth pays my way.

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I have always admired the work of Phil Farmer and was glad for the chance to work with him. Readers today may be too young to remember his classics like The Lovers.

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I hope to read a Harry Potter novel soon, to see what it's all about. I admit to being annoyed that many good light fantasy writers have had trouble getting published, in England and elsewhere, when it...

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I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing, so that it is now possible for any writer with a book to get it published at nominal cost or free, and to have it on sale at booksellers...

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Bink knew the dolphin only from old pictures; it was a kind of magic fish that breathed air instead of water.

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At present I answer about 100 letters a month, and read 300 emails.

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But one must go where one's road leads, even when it's a distressing road.

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At this slower pace the journey took a couple of days, and I fought off a few minor threats along the way --griffins, carnivorous plants, giant serpents, hostile centaurs, that sort of thing, purely routine...

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For our stories are not yet finished, and perhaps will never be.

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She looked around. "Oh, I've just got to hug somebody! You!" And she hugged Puck, the little ghost horse. "And you." She hugged Pook, and Peek, and even the nose of the moat monster. "But not you," she...

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Barbarian --A Code of Conduct honored by all true barbarian warriors, requiring excellent coordination with weapons, closeness to nature, awkwardness with women, common sense, and completion of the mission.

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When you steal from the library, you are preventing anyone else from reading that book, and the very notion makes me want to drop you in the Void.

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...the sweetest temptation could be that which was known to be the most foolish.

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Be what you are; it is better that way. --Dolph

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I think it's a shame that something as creative and vital to the nature of the human species as story-telling is largely controlled by the soulless cretins known as publishers.

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People talk-- they sneer at escapism. Well, there are those of us who need it.

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Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market. I did that for eight years before making my first sale.

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If the fiercest conglomerate monsters had souls, with all that implied, who could condemn them as evil?

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Robert Jordan... is a lot of writer

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Terry Pratchett's right up my alley ... give him a try!

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Information is power. --Humfrey

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Every person professes to love good and hate evil, but in his actions his real preferences emerges.

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Adults had the notion that juveniles needed to suffer. Only when they had suffered enough to wipe out most of their naturally joyous spirits and innocence were they staid enough to be considered mature....

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Happy children do not seem to grow up to be writers.

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I wish my readers took less of my time - about a third of my working time goes to them - but I love and need them all.

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That most dangerous of opponents: the one who took pains to comprehend the position of his adversary.

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One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not. We who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs, or seem to seek them. Who are hypersensitive,...

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Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that's courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear rule him is a coward.

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One day you'll discover that the opinions of worthless people are worthless.

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Dor woke again as dawn came. The sun had somehow gotten around to the east, where the land was, and dried off so that it could shine again.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss