Who have been some major influences in your writing career?
Soooo many.......James Baldwin. Richard Russo. John Irving. Ann Beattie. Tillie Olsen. Zora Neale Hurston. Ray Carver. Daphne Merkin. Lois Lowry. Alice Walker. Marie Howe. Jack Gilbert. Dai Saijie. Bob Dylan. Ellen Gilchrist. Quincy Troupe. Faulkner. Faulkner. Faulkner.
I keep a little note on my computer that says: "Where's the heart?" -- that's from Michael Stearns. The other note I keep there says: "Does it hurt yet?" -- that's from Pam Houston. Those two questions guide me.