Q: What book or books inspired you as a child?
A: There are images in my mind, vague recollections of scenes and settings and disjointed plot fragments really, that I have carried along for as far as my memory goes back. I’m sure that most of them come from traditional fairy stories, Grimm’s brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Appalachian folk tales, and who knows what else. These images seem to be the foundation that underlies everything I write, and I can’t even dredge up a recollection of where I got them. I wish I could, for I would love to go back and read them again, but I suspect that what they were wouldn’t bear much resemblance to what they have become.