I'm actually much more shy and self-conscious than people's perception of me.

- Jonathan Ames

I wish I was the kind of writer who would go to a war zone and write about something that's meaningful and important to people, but that's not my area of coverage.

- Jonathan Ames

I've really never written about my relationships, or things like that. I wouldn't want to divulge things that were too private.

- Jonathan Ames

No, I'm not very productive at all. I'm probably like an animal. I mean, great animals in the ocean feed all the time. I'm someone who procrastinates, worries, for most of a month, and then I'll have a flurry of manic productivity with a sense of great urgency and fear for, like, two days.

- Jonathan Ames

Something has happened where you almost never grow up in America. Maybe it's the greater wealth.

- Jonathan Ames

When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

- Jonathan Ames

There's no shortage of material in life.

- Jonathan Ames

Even when I was living below the poverty line as a novelist, I was still living better than 99.5% of the human population of the world. But in my little, soft realm of trying to amuse a few dozen middle-class people with my books and articles, I did struggle to survive in my own way.

- Jonathan Ames

A lot of writing is a form of seeing - putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.

- Jonathan Ames

To write about a place, you have to live there.

- Jonathan Ames