I’ll show you mine if you show me yours
Following a request from my friend Audrey Camp, here are my answers to some prickly questions:
1. What am I working on?
I am working on being alive. And between one breath and the next, I am writing the story of a lesser violin. It goes something like this: “My condition is nothing other than a wooden box that vibrates when played. ‘Play me,’ I say. And when their hands do, my ribs expand and my chest bursts. I sing. Sometimes I cry. But without the scratch of Mongolian hair on my neural cords, and the poking of finger tips on my neck, my words spill out of the case and die in silence.” –The lesser violin.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write the books I have yet to read. In essence, I jump over the edge of tradition and throw my words up in the air hoping for the wind to take them places no one else has reached.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because I am who I am. My writing comes from that white center inside my brain—the unconscious—oozing out of me every time I sit down to write.
4. How does my writing process work?
I write like a jaguar, to the neck, all at once.