A. Knowing when I write something that I think is pretty cool that there are a bunch of people who are going to think it's pretty cool too. Being able to show kids, especially kids who come from poverty or from dysfunctional homes, that it is possible not only to survive but also to succeed. Turning a corner in a story and finding some incredibly cool character that I didn't know was going to be there. I think that's the best part.
Tamora Pierce, in The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus, Candlewick Press, 2009