I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes.

- Michael Connelly

I think I would spend the first 30 weeks not writing, just clearing my head and seeing parts of the world I haven't seen and going back to places I have seen and love.

- Michael Connelly

I'm a disciple of Raymond Chandler, who said in his essays that there's a quality of redemption in anything that can be called art.

- Michael Connelly

I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about - police and criminals, the criminal justice system.

- Michael Connelly

What is overriding that and most important is that readers generally are interested in a good character. They might be more comfortable with Harry because they think they know him, but they always seem willing to give somebody new a chance.

- Michael Connelly

That's the irony in the work: the best stories are the worst things that happen. My best times were somebody else's worst.

- Michael Connelly

I love movies. Movies have influenced me as a writer.

- Michael Connelly

A newspaper is the center of a community, it's one of the tent poles of the community, and that's not going to be replaced by Web sites and blogs.

- Michael Connelly

I think there's a general misconception that anything written quickly lacks quality, and I don't believe that.

- Michael Connelly

Deep in my heart it still feels like I'm a journalist even though I haven't worked for a paper and carried a press pass for 14 years.

- Michael Connelly