Donna Tartt — American Novelist born on December 23, 1963,

Donna Tartt is an American writer and author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch in 2014 and she was named to the TIME 100: The 100 Most Influential People in 2014... (wikipedia)

Taking on challenging projects is the way that one grows and extends one's range as a writer, one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.
Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life.
Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed. And that's a hard lesson of reality.
The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up.