Top 32 Susan Isaacs Quotes

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“My first novel, ‘Compromising Positions,’ was a whodunit. The protagonist was a Long Island Jewish housewife who turns private investigator. But she was Jewish the way I was: lighting Sabbath candles but envying her Protestant and Catholic friends’ December decorating options.”

― Susan Isaacs

“There are so many different worlds in Long Island. That’s why it’s so fascinating. Between Great Neck and Montauk, there are 10,000 worlds.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Being a novelist is the adult version of a kid creating a make-believe world. But unlike a child, a writer of fiction has to come up with a structured story, one that has as much meaning for others as it has for her.”

― Susan Isaacs

“There is no ‘right’ way to begin a novel, but for me, plot has to wait. The character comes first.”

― Susan Isaacs

“It’s not that I’m apolitical… In my youth, I was a freelance political speechwriter, which taught me a lot about writing fiction, I must add.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Could there be a cowgirl in my future? You know, I never know what character is going to come and tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, tell my story.’ So maybe the next one will have boots.”

― Susan Isaacs

“There are days where I lose track of time, of place, of everything else, because I’ve been transported to another universe.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I wanted to be a cowgirl… But, you know, it was pointed out to me that, you know, growing up in Brooklyn, there wasn’t much opportunity… for cowgirlery.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Everyone has early fiction fantasies, but it wasn’t until my second child Betsy was born that I allowed the urge to write a novel bubble up.”

― Susan Isaacs

“It’s no coincidence that I began writing the day my daughter started school. I knew everything I knew before I began to write, but I was raising two children and didn’t have the time to get to the typewriter.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I can only write about two or three pages of fiction a day.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I’ve had lots of commercial success. I’ve also had some terrible reviews and some wonderful reviews.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I am married to a happy camper. He’s a criminal lawyer who thinks people are inherently good and will befriend him. His father, at 93, is the same way.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I have such admiration for Whoopi Goldberg as an actress and a general smart person.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I see myself as writing biographies, the complete story of someone’s life.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Style is not my long suit, but I’m really fascinated by it.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I love being a grandparent. I’m one of those you want to avoid – I pull out the iPhone and say, ‘Hey, wanna see my camera roll?’”

― Susan Isaacs

“As for writing novels – it’s what I’ve done for 30 some-odd years. I can’t suddenly say I’m going to take up golf. I need something in my life. As long as I can write a coherent sentence, I’ll keep at it.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Our culture is so celebrity-obsessed that for individuals to show they matter, they need to display their intimacy to fame.”

― Susan Isaacs

“As soon as someone is coming from New York, I automatically think I have to get dressed up.”

― Susan Isaacs

“With my middle-class metabolism, the suburbs were where I always wanted to be.”

― Susan Isaacs

“At the beginning, I really wanted to be home with my kid. I was a product of my generation. But in the suburbs, you are very isolated, really alone.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I was always the weirdo who wanted to have an egalitarian service in synagogue and felt I was always going against the grain.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I must have been yearning for some Jewish content beyond my genetic makeup because soon after my 21st birthday, I noticed I was no longer dating WASPs.”

― Susan Isaacs

“We joined a Conservative synagogue. I began learning through engagement, rote and reading. Suddenly, I belonged… well, to the extent that a novelist can ever feel she is part of a group; we may be part of a minyan, but we’re not fully merged into the community.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I never failed at anything in fiction.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Whether you’re an obstetrician or a third-grade teacher or a real estate agent, you know when you’re doing good work. You’re passionate about it.”

― Susan Isaacs

“Just as you can accept Miss Marple going to tea with the vicar, there’s no reason why Long Island can’t have a universality to it.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I like to show ordinary people reacting to extraordinary circumstances. It’s an opportunity for adventure, and I like women to have adventures. There’s been far too little of it with women.”

― Susan Isaacs

“For a novelist, no matter what, it’s a complete work, even if it’s not published. But if you write a screenplay, and it’s not performed, then it’s a sad and frustrating experience.”

― Susan Isaacs

“I hate when people say, ‘Oh, they laughed all the way to the bank.’ That’s nonsense because the most cynical, unhappy people are Hollywood screenwriters. They earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for work that’s never made.”

― Susan Isaacs

“It’s not all ‘Jane Eyre’ out there. In her sweet, honorable, slightly passive-aggressive way, Jane was as perfect as a protagonist can get while remaining interesting; in fact, she’s one of my favorites. But most characters are more morally ambiguous.”

― Susan Isaacs
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