The first lie of fiction is that the author gives some order to the chaos of life: chronological order, or whatever order the author chooses.
My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.
A memoir is my version of events. My perspective. I choose what to tell and what to omit. I choose the adjectives to describe a situation, and in that sense, I'm creating a form of fiction.
One of the things that always comes up in my writing is the search for freedom, especially in women. I always write about women who are marginalized, who have no means or resources and somehow manage to get out of those situations with incredible strength - and that is more important than anything.