We need to find the courage to say no to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.
It takes some courage to write fiction about politically controversial topics. The dread is you'll be labeled a political writer.
Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave. I never get over being thankful for that - for the courage of my readers.
Some of the greatest survivors have been women. Look at the courage so many women have shown after surviving earthquakes in the rubble for days on end.
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity.