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It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing, cynical writer. I've never known what to make of that.
It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings.
If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
I've spent my life supporting myself.
I've been in this business for a long time, and I no longer think that anything that I do by way of clarification is ever going to eradicate the mistakes.
I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
I think I write about things that are mysterious to me.
I think almost always that what gets me going with a story is the atmosphere, the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters, not the other way around.
I must say also that it's never worked to my disadvantage that I have long, blond hair.
I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro. Again, if you were to ask me about male writers, there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works.
I feel that these stories are being written to articulate certain confusions and disappointments, and I do mean to shake up the reader, and I do hope they're on target.
I don't write about things that I have the answers to or things that are very close to home. It just wouldn't be any adventure. It wouldn't have any vitality.
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