My book is traditional. It runs counter to the post-modern spirit.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how many awards you’ve won, how popular you are, or how much critical acclaim you’ve had.
I’m interested in themes that endure from generation to generation.
I’m not an urban person.
At one level you’re condemned to the voice you have. But within those confines, you have a certain amount of freedom to range among your possible voices.
What sustains me is to be with my family and to write.
When I went to college I took a creative writing class and decided in a week to be a writer.
I was born in Washington State and have lived here for 42 plus years.
Writing became an obsessive compulsive habit but I had almost no money so I thought about being an urban firefighter and having lots of free time in which to write or becoming an English teacher and thinking about books and writers on a daily basis. That swayed me.
I often heard about his cases and I often sat in on his trials. In the late 1960s when I was growing up I wanted to be a crusader like him but I didn’t want to wear a suit and commute.
Post-modernism is dead because it didn’t address human needs.
Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don’t need.
I grew up in Seattle, but I always knew I wanted to leave.
Everybody has a world, and that world is completely hidden until we begin to inquire. As soon as we do, that entire world opens to us and yields itself. And you see how full and complex it is.
I was aware that there is an expectation that writers inevitably falter at this stage, that they fail to live up to the promise of their first successful book, that the next book never pleases the way the prior one did. It simply increased my sense of being challenged.