“There’s no doubt that a writer’s background, one’s personal experiences as well as the collective experiences of one’s race and people and country resonate in the work. But ultimately I think it’s the writer’s own inner landscape that shapes and influences most.”
by Amy Day Wilkinson
In Academy Street, plenty happens. . . . Still, one doesn’t get the feeling that plot drove the writing . . . Rather, the events spring naturally from the life of the central character, Tess Lohan.
“The first story I wrote was set in a post-apocalyptic Iowa City, about having to put your dogs to sleep because you don’t want them to be left roaming the smoking ruins after you have succumbed to radiation sickness. (It was the ’80s.) It had King Tut in it, and cavemen.”