“If I’m just writing jokes, that’s not very gratifying. I want to find human truths. “
“The reader reads for dialogue more than anything. The writer’s habit is to describe, but the reader would rather hear the character.”
The writer has gained much attention and praise for her short story collection, Night at the Fiestas.
“When there is violence in my work, the goal is not to titillate but to reveal character. It reveals the mask of that person, and we see who he or she really is when that mask is dropped.”
“The key to nailing the YA voice is remembering that teens aren’t the aliens we so often make them out to be.”
“I see my stories like explosions. They come from the gut and come out short.”
“I don’t ever see any character as 100 percent good or 100 percent evil.”
“There’s no better teacher than reading and reading and reading. Find a story you love, take it apart, reassemble, and look at the way it’s put together.”
As founder and president of Serendipity, a boutique literary agency, Regina Brooks dedicates her skills and years of experience to helping a diverse client base get their work published.
“Write what is in your heart and your mind and your imagination.”