I'd much rather do an obviously commercial writing project than get a day job.

- Poppy Z Brite

My mother is an office manager, my father a professor of economics and financial planner.

- Poppy Z Brite

My childhood may have been more demented than most, because I learned to read very early and was allowed to read whatever I wanted.

- Poppy Z Brite

I've certainly learned a great deal from my husband, though, and could never have written a book like Liquor without him and the people he introduces me to and the stories he brings home.

- Poppy Z Brite

I certainly wanted to write a book that was honest about New Orleans without explaining it to death, so much so that the first draft contained references absolutely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't lived here for several years.

- Poppy Z Brite

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s, with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and cliched as Hollywood movies.

- Poppy Z Brite

In France, for instance, one magazine writer was convinced that On The Road had been a huge influence on Lost Souls and was crushed to learn that I hadn't read the one until after I'd written the other.

- Poppy Z Brite

In the Netherlands I read the first chapter of Exquisite Corpse to an audience that laughed in all the places I thought were funny - an experience I've never had in America!

- Poppy Z Brite

My dad told me that no one could ever make it as a writer, that my chances were equivalent to winning the lottery - which was good for me, because I like to have something to prove.

- Poppy Z Brite

I certainly don't think I would have been asked to pose for Rage if I wasn't a known writer.

- Poppy Z Brite