My mother read to me--stacks and stacks of books--and she took dictation as I made up stories. Later, when I could write for myself, I wrote scripts for backyard plays, poems, and short stories. I wrote my first novel, a medieval adventure, while in the 6th grade, firmly believing that it would be published. It was not.
At an impressionable age, I saw the film version of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". When Big Daddy spoke of mendacity, I recognized my calling. To cope with an alcoholic father, my own Big Daddy, and the attendant craziness, I wrote in secret about secrets. In one way or another, more...
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