Q: Do you ever feel bad for what you put your characters through?
A: No, I don’t feel bad. The main reason is that I don’t generally put my characters through anything that horrible. The worst experiences in my stories tend to be things that I have experienced myself: alienation, intense embarrassment, unrequited love. To pity my characters would be to pity myself, and I’m not about to do that. Instead I always try to leaven things with humor, which is my own best coping mechanism.