1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
From my first childhood realization that each of the stories I loved to read had actually been composed by another person. That ability seemed like a kind of magic to me. It still does.
2) What do you love most about the writing process?
How much more I understand something (an experience, a person, an aspect of myself) once I’ve written about it. Writing is how I make sense of the world.
3) What do you love most about teaching writing?
The process of helping others to articulate and share their most meaningful stories, which is an enormous honor.
4) What are you reading right now?
Mama’s Last Hug: What Animal Intelligence Can Teach Us About Ourselves, by Frans de Waal Burn the Place, by Iliana Regan, Orange World, by Karen Russell
5) What’s your favorite writing quote?
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” -Mark Twain