You can't be preachy - kids are allergic to messages.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

Writing is work. It takes a lot of contemplation, concentration, and out-and-out sweat. People tend to romanticize it, that somehow your work appears by benefit of some mystical external force. In reality, to be a writer, you have to sit down and write. It's work, and often it's hard work.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

My mission as a writer is to give my readers hope to carry with them, and to promote a belief that they can do anything they set their minds to.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

Part of my motivation for writing mysteries for young people is that I loved mysteries when I was growing up, and now that I'm on the creative end of things, I'm discovering that they're even more fun to write!

- Wendelin Van Draanen

I believe in the paramount importance of entertainment, but I have something to say.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

I write early in the morning at the computer, and people think I'm crazy, but I still use my Mac-Classic even though we have a state-of-the-art PC. There are just less distractions with the simpler machine.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

Don't even try to talk to me when I'm watching the moon. That's my moon, baby.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

If you are interested in writing, get out and live your life! Do a lot. See a lot. Keep your eyes and ears open. Pay attention to the different ways people speak. Read lots of different kinds of books. And then try writing in different voices and styles - don't be afraid to experiment.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

I've run my whole life - for more than exercise, for mental health.

- Wendelin Van Draanen

I rewrite my books many times before submitting them, and after my editor takes a look I wind up rewriting some more! It's a good thing I learned at an early age to keep on trying. Stick to it, and eventually you'll get there.

- Wendelin Van Draanen