My father left when I was three, and I have no memory of him. The most significant male figures in my life were my grandfather, in whose house I lived during the first 10 years of my childhood, and later my stepfather.
I never thought that I would come to live in the United States. I was not pursuing the American dream.
I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the 'message,' even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.
The media could do a much better job, that's for sure, especially the media that targets women... Human rights? They couldn't care less!
Mark Van Doren