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I know I'm a rare person, a trained scientist who writes fiction, because so few contemporary novelists engage with science.
I suppose that is my central obsession. What we owe to society, what we owe to ourselves.
It takes some courage to write fiction about politically controversial topics. The dread is you'll be labeled a political writer.
Most of my books have been about the complex ways an individual depends on community.
Every time I write a new novel about something sombre and sobering and terrible I think, 'oh Lord, they're not going to want to go here'. But they do. Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave.
My morning begins with trying not to get up before the sun rises. But when I do, it's because my head is too full of words, and I just need to get to my desk and start dumping them into a file. I always wake with sentences pouring into my head.
Southern Appalachians have been ridiculed since the country began. In fiction, they're usually depicted in a cartoonish manner. The region is poor, and very suspicious of outsiders, so there's a sort of 'us versus them' situation. They're easy to poke fun at.
For me, writing time has always been precious, something I wait for and am eager for and make the best use of. That's probably why I get up so early and have writing time in the quiet dawn hours, when no one needs me.
I don't understand how any good art could fail to be political.
I don't bring expectations to any of my books. I don't tell people what to do. I want to invite them in.
I never think that anything I'm writing is bluntly political in any way. I'm not going for commentary.
Terms like that, 'Humane Society,' are devised with people like me in mind, who don't care to dwell on what happens to the innocent.
When you pick up a novel from the bed side table, you put down your own life at the same time and you become another person for the duration.
Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave. I never get over being thankful for that - for the courage of my readers.
Being a novelist and being a mother have exactly coincided in my life: the call from my agent saying that I had a contract for my first novel - that was on my answering phone message when I got back from the hospital with my first child.
I was trained in classical piano, but it kind of dawned on me that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of us get to play 'Blue Moon' in a hotel lobby.
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