The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential.
Writing is my job. I don't think of it as art.
If you write nonfiction, a historical account of what really happened, first of all, it's always white men who do that, and you don't have the voices that are really interesting to me, of the people who are not sheltered by the big umbrella of the establishment.
I have a foot here and a foot in some spirit world. There are many more layers to reality, and that permeates my life and my writing in a very natural way. I don't even think about it.
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe