For a writer, children make life needlessly hard. I've muddled through a lot of things, but I have not muddled through my writing life. I work absolutely flat out, giving it my all.
The art of living your life has a lot to do with getting over loss. The less the past haunts you, the better.
My father died in my arms. That's tumult. That's everything exploding.
I'm an equal opportunity reader - although I don't much read plays. And since I was raised a Presbyterian, pretty much all pleasures are guilty.
That said, being dyslexic, I wasn't a great reader when I was kid.
I haven't scoured Dixie out of my voice. But I don't think that the books that I have written... have really in any way been Southern in character.