Interview by Warren Adler
I write because I love to play ‘what-if’. What if you were the only person who had dreams? Or: If you can go to past lives under hypnosis, could you go to a future life?
I write because I’m an expressive person trapped inside a shy one. As a child I was weird and said the wrong things, but on the page I was at home and full of courage.
And I write because I love what words can do. Every syllable carries a sound or image or feeling directly into the reader’s mind. A good book becomes the voice of their thoughts. It lingers like a piece of their own life. We might think words are ordinary because we use them for everything; to-do lists, labels, instructions, notes that remind us to ‘buy more milk’ or tell someone we’ll be ‘back later’. We hardly notice that words are also magic.
This post first appeared at Warren Adler’s Writers of the World.