KIRBY LARSON QUOTES

American writer (1954- )

Life was like a batch of biscuits without the baking powder: flat, flat, flat.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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It seems the misfortune of one can plow a deeper furrow in the heart than the misfortune of millions.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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There should be fireworks, at least, when a dream dies.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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Our actions make the fragrance of our lives.... Would you smell of plums? Or Vinegar?

KIRBY LARSON, The Friendship Doll

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Remember picture books are the closest form of writing to a poem. Even though they don't have to rhyme, they must be poetic. They must be written so the worst actress can read with comfort and expression.

KIRBY LARSON, Kirby's Lane, Nov. 30, 2012

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Well, before writing became all-consuming, I was a quilter, like Hattie and Perilee. I don't do that anymore, but I do knit, garden and watch the birds in my backyard. I also take lots of walks, do yoga and talk my husband into taking me out to dinner as often as possible.

KIRBY LARSON, interview, Feb. 27, 2009

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I will have to rely on that painful teacher, experience.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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I've always been a bookworm. As I mentioned, I moved around a lot, and one of the problems with being the new kid is it takes a while to make new friends. But I always had my books.

KIRBY LARSON, interview, Feb. 23, 2010

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It's the company, not the cooking, that makes a meal.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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Character is everything, especially these days when that's what publishers are asking for. Make sure that yours have child appeal. Also don't have a huge cast of characters. One or two is best, four, the maximum.

KIRBY LARSON, Kirby's Lane, Nov. 30, 2012

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I think if you find your passion and you go with it you are rewarded.

KIRBY LARSON, interview, Feb. 23, 2010

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The worst thing of all is standing by when folks are doing something wrong.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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Why did I keep hitching myself to dreams as big as that Montana sky? I was like Rooster Jim's chickens, with no way to fly that high.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Ever After

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I gotta pound the keys for the ideas to flow.

KIRBY LARSON, interview, Author Turf, March 6, 2014

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My bounce-around life had taught me that dreams were dangerous things -- they look solid in your mind, but you just try to reach for them. It's like gathering clouds.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

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When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a detective, like Encyclopedia Brown. Being a researcher is a way I've achieved that dream ... without the danger.

KIRBY LARSON, interview, Read, Write, Reflect, February 5, 2013

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If I ruled supreme, there would be big problems.

KIRBY LARSON, interview, Author Turf, March 6, 2014

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The year has held its ups and downs for me; I'm sure it has for you, too. I'm counting on the year ending on a note of joy (and gingerbread!) and look forward to a new year brimming with promise and peace.

KIRBY LARSON, Kirby's Lane, December 22, 2014

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Why couldn't I be more like other girls my age? Take Mrs. Brown's niece. She spent every waking hour sizing up this beau or that, stitching tea towels and petticoats and putting aside a little each month for a set of Spode Buttercup dishes.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Ever After

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Like her creator, Hattie is a terminal optimist; what else is there to say?

KIRBY LARSON, interview, KidsReads

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