My dad left us. I just had a lot of external pressures pushing against me. I started to become a handful in school and my third grade teacher, Mrs.
Handford, saved my life. She saw I had a thing for writing and she just let me sit in a corner and write.
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I got published in fourth grade and then nothing for thirty years. Eight, nine books and hundreds of rejections. But writing is how I manage my freaky-biochemistry.
I can get a lot of stuff done but I finally realized in my forties is that the real reason I write books is because I like the focus. I need to focus. When my mind is going a hundred different directions, writing has always been there for me.
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JE: I approach writing like an athlete. I write for two or three days in my cabin for sixteen hours a day.
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All week long I am preparing myself mentally for my workflow, making notes organizing my thoughts. By the time I get to my cabin, I can finally focus and get into writing pretty easily. JE: Wealth disparity and social imbalances. I think the American Dream is pretty moribund. We teach The American Dream as a 20th Century, post-war ideology but it has a different meaning in I wanted to write a book about how poverty, race, and class could thwart aspirations. I always wanted to write a novel about class.
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