I remember my childhood as a horrible time. My mother says that nothing so horrible ever happened to me as the things that I remember.
I was a lousy journalist. I could never be objective. Sometimes I invented the whole story.
Americans have a warrior's mentality, most of them. That's how this society was built. The fact that you own a gun and shoot to defend your life is a very American way of thinking.
I can't control life for my grandchildren, so how could I control a story? Sometimes I try to force something, and after working and working on that chapter, I realise that I am swimming against the current. I will never get there. So I have to let go of whatever previous idea I had about it and let the characters decide.