I feel like it's hard to get into historical novels where you know what the story is far too well.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

Older teens tend to write to me and say, 'Thank you for not writing down to teenagers.'

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

I feel like it's important every once in a while to estrange ourselves from the familiar to remind ourselves of the potentialities of people, how many different ways there are of being.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

Occasionally people ask me how it is I write different types of things, and my answer to that is it's very natural. You get bored writing one kind of thing all the time.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

A lot of the drive to make narratives came from having to play by myself as a 5- or 6-year-old in the woods.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

I write for teens partially to work out whatever it was that I needed to from my own teenage years.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

Teens are not like the weird, dumb dwarves you have around your house. They are actually you when you were younger.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

I've always enjoyed that kind of thing - thinking about the production of narrative and why it is that when we read a novel, we don't notice the fact that someone who might be very close-mouthed or tight-lipped is perfectly willing to tell us a story in 600 or 700 pages.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

The bedroom in my apartment is far too small to hold a nightstand. There is, however, this bookshelf. Yes, I stow whatever I'm reading on the lower shelf, but more importantly, it's where I keep a collection of ghost books.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson

I can't tell you how irritating it is to be an atheist in a haunted house.

- Matthew Tobin Anderson