Being a teacher was the closest I could come to being an eternal student.
Though I never have a plan, I can feel when the pieces fit and see the mosaic they’re making as it’s built.
I felt hemmed in by prose and by the apparent obligation of things like syntax and punctuation to make sense of things, to construct hierarchies of thought and utterances.
It was really about finding the best approach to tell the story and serve both the characters and the mysteries they were chasing.
A novel should be more than its page-by-page performance.
When I sit down to write, I feel my responsibility is to tell the truth, to try not to flinch, and to consider the ways in which my work might affect readers of all kinds.
I wanted to write this book the same way you engage in a treasure hunt: discovering clues, then going back in time to connect them to something you found earlier.
We’ve managed to isolate ourselves, as a society, from nature. Throwing the animals back on equal footing is an interesting idea.
So often, I’m surprised by what appears on the page. Fiction is a vehicle for fostering empathy.
Parkland happened, and we knew we couldn’t stay silent any longer.