by Terry Hong
I believe that my illness did change me as a writer, because being so closed off from ordinary experiences – everyday social interactions, going outside, eating normal foods – in the hospital made me appreciate them far more keenly. The time I spent home with my children changed me as well. So much of my life previously had been spent in the library or in front of a computer screen. I think these experiences gave me a greater interest in trying to capture the texture and meaning of daily life in my books.