"The state of New Jersey is really two places - terrible cities and wonderful suburbs. I live in the suburbs, the final battleground of the American dream, where people get married and have kids and try to scratch out a happy life for themselves. It's very romantic in that way, but a bit naive. I like to play with that in my work."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Harlan Coben on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Harlan Coben on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Harlan Coben on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Harlan Coben on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Harlan Coben on Fran Lebowitz
"When I was seventeen, I worked as a counsellor at a co-ed sleep-away camp for eight weeks. I loved it but it could be harrowing - it was far too much responsibility for someone my age."
"I wrote seven Myron Bolitar novels in a row, and I never want to write a Myron book where he just solves a crime. Every one of them I want to be personal, and I want him to grow and change. The problem with that is, it makes the series limited, you can't write a series where a guy is always going through some kind of crisis."
"Losing my parents was the most crushing thing that ever happened to me. I lost my dad when I was 26, and it changed my life entirely."
"The readers are the ones who let us live our dreams. I try to write books which are really compelling - that you'd take on vacation and rather than going out, you'd read in your hotel room because you had to find out what happened. Hopefully that's what readers are responding to."
"No characters in 'Stay Close,' including the leads, are black and white. I want them to be grey. I think that makes for a much more interesting reading experience, something that will stay with you a little bit longer."