I'm living in California but I have a place that is mine in Chile and I belong there. I am no longer an exile.
I speak English and Spanish. I write in Spanish; my books are published in English.
I never said I wanted a 'happy' life but an interesting one. From separation and loss, I have learned a lot. I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world. We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.
Everything I write has to be connected to my life. One of the things that always comes up in my writing is the search for freedom, especially in women.
M. Russell Ballard
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi