When did you first feel like a writer?
I first decided to be a writer when I was in third grade and had read The Chronicles of Narnia. When did I first feel like a writer? Hmm—I think it was when I had my first story accepted outside of school publications. That was back in 1978.
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
I believe in an open, supportive, and honest classroom that nurtures students to become the best writers they can be.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I have to pick just one fictional character? Oh, all right. Shevek,
who is the protagonist in Le Guin’s novel, The Dispossessed is a
character I would love to meet because I have always admired and loved
him for what he stands for: personal freedom and expression, the love
and pursuit of truth, and the joy in doing what one is meant to do, even
though sometimes he can be a difficult person to love. No matter how
many times I read The Dispossessed I find myself caught up in his
journey, his quest, for both the right to pursue his calling and to end
his people’s isolation, while preserving their revolutionary society.