Like most writers, I find the Web is a wonderful distraction. Who doesn't need that last minute research before writing?
The privilege of being a writer is that you have this opportunity to slow down and to consider things.
When I was growing up in Nigeria - and I shouldn't say Nigeria, because that's too general, but in Afikpo, the Igbo part of the country where I'm from - there were always rites of passage for young men. Men were taught to be men in the ways in which we are not women; that's essentially what it is.
Sometimes I feel very alone. I am a bit of a nomad. Many people in sort of emerging countries, emerging economies, find themselves displaced. So there is that sense, and so I'm part of a whole, I think, group of displaced people.
Sarah Addison Allen
Sheri L. Dew