"There will come a day, if you persist, when your pen will move nimbly and you will feel elated, and exclaim to yourself: Now I know that I can write,"
"Jilly Cooper has been described as 'insecure and ludicrously sensitive': characteristics of any successful writer,"
"Writing is a dog's life, but the only one worth living,"
"If you write from the heart, you are writing at the very best of your ability,"
"I can't write a sex scene. In my first book there was one four-letter word, and my mother saw it and told me off about it. I wrote a sex scene and when Doubleday (publishers) saw it they just laughed at me. They said, 'You don't need it. You are a story-teller,'"