I've never had a divorce, but I've seen so many of my friends, my sister, my family go through that stuff, so I try to write for the people that can't write about it. I take on their sorrow, so I'm able to kind of express it, or their joy.
Everywhere I go, the kids call me 'the book lady.' The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the 'book lady' title. It makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I've done something good with my life and with my success.
My husband and I had to raise five of my younger brothers and sisters. They lived with us. We sent them to school.
I think people take me as seriously as I want them to. They take me as seriously as I take myself - let's put it that way.
John Griffin Carlisle