We all lose somebody we care about and want to find some comforting way of dealing with it, something that will give us a little closure, a little peace.
Critics have a problem with sentimentality. Readers do not. I write for readers.
I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, 'Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?'
A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that's what separates a life story that can influence other people.
Nobody's favorite movie is some dark, dysfunctional slasher story. Everybody's favorite song is a sentimental song. So why all of a sudden is it bad to be sentimental in books?
If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy, because it's going to happen anyhow.