Tell us about your family. My dad was in the military so I moved around quite a bit as a child – I lived in 10 different houses and attended 8 schools before finally graduating high school. My dad’s father was a cotton farmer and their family moved around a lot as well, so it was kind of his nature to wander. And it’s mine too.
How has your upbringing influence your writing? The most obvious way is that my stories take place in different cities and I know them all very well. A less obvious way is that my stories are streamlined – they lack flowery description – and are always told from one point of view. I think this is because I was always looking to understand my new environment as quickly as possible and did that with certain standard perceptions – the same way my characters do.
Is there a message that you would like your readers to grasp? Just considering my book, HOW YOU LEAVE TEXAS, I would say the answer to that question is that we have to bear our losses. We don’t want to and can distract ourselves for a little while, but eventually if we want peace, we have to see things the way they truly are and not how we wish they were. Things end. We have to let go. And then, we can begin a new adventure.
How much of the book [HOW YOU LEAVE TEXAS] is realistic? All of it is realistic. People lose their best friends, marry the wrong people, have to deal with unfair family situations and health issues every day.
How much of the book is true to my life? Let’s say that the color red represents what’s true and really happened in my life. Then look at the American flag – that’s how much is true in the book.
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Genre – Women’s Fiction
Rating – PG13
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