I'm a writer -- both a novelist and non-fiction writer. I currently have 2 novels, 2 collections of short stories, 1 book on knitting, and 1 cookbook/memoir in print.
How long have you been an artist?
I've been a writer for most of my adult life but began publishing regularly about seven years ago.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Probably the thing that interests me most is good people caught in impossible situations. That seems to be the dynamic that inspires most of my writing. I'm fascinated by people who are basically good, decent, honorable people who suddenly find themselves, often through no fault of their own, in absolutely impossible circumstances. Whenever a tale of that sort starts stirring in my brain I know sooner or later I'll have to write about it.
What else would you like us to know?
I think being a novelist is the highest calling of all the arts. Novelists, alone among artists, have changed the world. I heard a story that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe he said, "So you're the little lady who started this great big war." Her novel changed this country -- like Dickens' Tale of Two Cities and Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. That is heady company -- something to aspire to be worthy of.
Where can we find your work?
Posted on February 26, 2011 at 8:13pm — 2 Comments