“I’ve never had much luck trying to please a specific audience. I write for myself, in the hope that enough people will be interested and amused by the same things that interest and amuse me.”
“Self-publishing allows for more experimentation in terms of genre, and I love how it feels so democratic.”
This poet’s art has been largely inspired by his work in prisons.
“In my everyday life, I’m pretty private and reserved, so the hardest part was taking personal emotion and putting it on the page. “
“I tend to see the world through a humor lens. I use it as a defense mechanism. That may be a personality flaw, but it makes me the writer I am.”
“Writers are inspired when they are in the company of other writers; the energy and enthusiasm makes them want to go home and write.”
“If I’m just writing jokes, that’s not very gratifying. I want to find human truths. “
“The reader reads for dialogue more than anything. The writer’s habit is to describe, but the reader would rather hear the character.”
The writer has gained much attention and praise for her short story collection, Night at the Fiestas.
“When there is violence in my work, the goal is not to titillate but to reveal character. It reveals the mask of that person, and we see who he or she really is when that mask is dropped.”