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My first novel, ‘Leaving Atlanta,’ took at look at my hometown in the late 1970s, when the city was terrorized by a serial murderer that…
When I am writing a story it feels as real as the life I am experiencing off the page. It’s an emotional illusion, I guess.
Secret families are really the bedrock issue of Western literature.
I was kind of an invisible girl when I was young.
I do have a sister – I have two sisters.
Adolescence is a modern construct and very American in so many ways.
The adolescent protagonist is one of the hallmarks of American literature.
I am always urging my students to honor their writing practice, to set up a schedule.
I take mentoring very seriously and as a result I hardly get any work done during the school year.
When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling…
I think the NAACP isn’t recognized enough for all of the work it does, especially in the field of law. They may have faded from…
I take mentoring very seriously and I am on the board of an organization called Girls Write Now, where we match teen girls and writing…
I like straightforward names for my characters. When I get too symbolic with names or places, I start feeling like the characters and the story…
I don’t mind expressing my opinions and speaking out against injustice. I would be doing this even if I wasn’t a writer. I grew up…
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