I loved ghost stories, creaky staircases, stormy nights. If it guaranteed nightmares I read it by flashlight, after midnight.

— Lisa Gardner

The most simplistic Lisa Gardner quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

What I learned is that it's arrogant to be certain of anything.

The world is a complex place and only idiots or assholes think they know it all.

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If you choose to do something, do it with your utmost.

And remember, expect nothing and life will be velvet.

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I think one of the appeals of suspense is to safely explore our innermost fears.

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Life may not be perfect, at least it offered moments that were perfect enough.

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When I got my very first phone call that I'd hit the 'New York Times' list, I had a small rush of 'I've made it!' But the next morning, it occurred to me I didn't know what it was, so I called my agent and asked what being a 'New York Times' bestselling author really meant. He informed me that I was now a thousand pound gorilla.

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I'm unique for a suspense author in that I don't have a specialty background.

A lot of suspense writers used to be lawyers or crime beat reporters. I didn't even know a cop when I started out. I finally figured out that I could visit prisons - I just had to be willing to make the phone calls.

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Expect nothing and life will be velvet.

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Women cry. Men laugh. Whiners moan. Men laugh. Wimps complain. Men laugh.

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I like to believe my suspense novels marry the strong characters from my romance writing past, with the twisty, clever plots of my mystery writing present.

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I still read romance, and I read suspense.

I read them both. And part of it is, I like stories with strong characters, and I like stories where there's closure at the end. And I like stories where there's hope. That's a kind of empowerment. I think romance novels are very empowering, and I think suspense novels are, too.

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Youth is no excuse for sloppiness.

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Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott.

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About Lisa Gardner

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I don't know much about international policing and I would love to learn more.

Especially in this day and age when the Internet is rapidly reducing borders and crime can happen on a larger scale than ever before. These things intrigue me.

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Post-apocalyptic novels tell you that in the future there is some great war.

I would tell you that most cops say that it's going on right now.

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Men should spend less time with guns and more time in childbirth.

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All I've really ever done is write since I was 17, so I don't know anything about anything. For me to do a novel, I have to talk to people who know things. And what keeps me in suspense is that I am a crime aficionado.

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I have a huge author crush on Stephen King.

Have never met him. Would probably embarrass myself. But it would be worth it.

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It wasn’t that strangers couldn’t hurt you.

It was simply that the people you loved could do it so much better.

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I'm not the most detailed writer. I have a tendency to be more action-oriented vs. descriptive.

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You can be the hunter, or you can be the hunted.

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God was in the details.

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My secret vice is Sudoku puzzles. Can't stop playing them. My parents are accountants. I blame them entirely.

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Mental illness is a disease and organic mental illness of young kids is becoming more and more of a disease... we do need to talk about it.

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Mothers hold close, fathers let go. Maybe that’s the way of the world.

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It is difficult to get men to pick up a female author.

Women will read men, but men won't read women.

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Once, I was my mother's daughter. Now I am my daughter's mother.

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You try as a parent. You love beyond reason. You fight beyond endurance. You hope beyond despair. You never think, until the very last moment, that it still might not be enough.

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I'm very intrigued by e-books, the topic du jour in the industry today.

As a number one bestselling Kindle author, I love the way e-books make an author's backlist accessible to new readers. Of course, price point remains a source of concern. Personally, I don't have any of the answers, but I'm intrigued by the questions.

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The only time you're calm, you're centered, you're at peace, is when someone's trying to kill you. And that's just plain twisted.

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You know what the difference between a cardiac surgeon and God is? God doesn't think he's a cardiac surgeon.

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It's kind of the yin and yang that fascinate me.

That for all the evil men do, there are also people who work obnoxiously long hours and sacrifice their personal lives because it is a calling - if they don't keep our streets safe, if they aren't there to advocate for and save beaten women and children and murder victims, who will?

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Who do you love? It's a question anyone should be able to answer.

A question that defines a life, creates a future, guides most minutes of one's days. Simple, elegant encompassing. Who do you love?

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Whomever speaks first gives up some power.

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We're all in this together - when one writer succeeds, all writers succeed.

I love discovering new authors. I think we need to take care of each other and talk about craft and nurture talent.

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Everyone should say what they wanted. It saved time.

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I still like the relationship part of any story.

You don't want your character to figure everything out and then at the end of the day, go home and eat soup from a can by herself.

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When it comes to locations, I'm one of those crazy authors who has to see it, touch it, taste it, before I trust myself to recreate it for my readers. Having said that, visiting a locked-down pediatric psych ward was the most intimidating research I've ever done - and I've visited maximum security prisons, shooting galleries, bone collections, etc.

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What I loved about romances was the character, and I think I still bring that to my novels. What romance taught me was that the 'who' will always matter more than the 'what.' It's fun to come up with plots, but I want to make sure the reader cares about who it's happening to.

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My mother would like me to start all interviews by stating that she and my father are perfectly normal. They are proud of me, and as perplexed as anyone by my novels.

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When you're on book tours, you definitely need chocolate. At all times.

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