Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.
What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.
No, I never saw an angel, but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not. I feel their presence around me.
I lived in a dictatorship in Brazil, and I was arrested three times. I felt in my flesh what it is to live under such a regime and experience deprivation of freedom.
Things do not always happen the way I would like them to happen, and I had better get used to that.
I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed.
I can’t consciously explain how people feel after reading my books. All is too personal.
Writing is a solitary experience. I’m extremely superstitious. If I talk about the book or name the title out loud before finishing, I feel the energy I need to write will be drained. It’s so intimate, I can’t even share it with my wife.
Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation.
However happy people say they are, nobody is satisfied: we always have to be with the prettiest woman, buy a bigger house, change cars, desire what we do not have.
I love almost everything about my work except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul.
Publishers see free downloads as threatening the sales of the book.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.
Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?
I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind.