When did you decide to become a writer?
I started writing poems when I first learned to write, at about age 7 or 8. By the time I was in sixth grade, I knew I wanted to write a book. I've pretty much always been writing. It's just something I do.
I noticed you are a professor of literature and creative writing. How do you feel your job has aided your writing?
When did you find out your family's story?
Your grandmother seems like a remarkable woman. What prompted you to write her story?
You were able to present an image of her as a woman that suffered a lot but was able to keep striving. Often overcoming setbacks can be the greater part of the struggle.
How does your family feel about your publishing the family story?
The book is written in the style of the diary. Why did you choose this technique?
Any parting words for your readers?