My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean the level of hatred that they had and the level of physical abuse – my mother would beat up my father basically – and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective.

I’ve just finished my next collection Possible Side Effects and I’m now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.

Augusten Burroughs Relationship Quotes

Marriage is overdone. As long as there are people people are going to find it interesting.

Augusten Burroughs Marriage Quote

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away alone and get to work.

Augusten Burroughs Loneliness Quote

I think people tend to see the bigger point which is maybe not fitting in and feeling like you didn’t have the childhood that you expected you would have or that you felt lonely or struggled with drugs and alcohol or just that you were able to achieve your dreams.

Augusten Burroughs Dreams Quote

When people meet me many times they’re very surprised because they expect someone who is kind of wacky with seven piercings and very hip and cool and New York City and I’m not.

Augusten Burroughs Cool Quote