"I'm pleased my story collection has inspired stimulating book group discussions. Being present at these gatherings is the biggest thrill for me. Questions arise concerning the characters and what, if anything, they have to do with my life experience. At times my stories do reflect my own life, but they are mostly informed by anecdotes related to me by others, or inspired by conversations I overhear in restaurants or airports. The characters I portray don't necessarily act or think the way I do. Most importantly, I write from the heart. Some readers wonder why I've chosen to concentrate on the short story. I like to talk a bit about the form and why it holds such a fascination for me. There's an exhilarating give and take that results from these sessions. I always come away feeling honored that such intelligent, perceptive individuals have chosen to examine my work."

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