Recently the writer, Cari Luna, invited me to participate in her blog, Writer, With Kids. Luna is the author of the highly readable novel, The Revolution of Everyday, from Tin House Books. You can read my Oregonian review of her highly readable novel here. Below is an excerpt from the interview.
How has parenthood changed the work itself, if at all?
Before children, I never felt the joy/fear mix so fully. The awe and wonder of holding your baby, along with this suddenly deep deep connection you have with your partner as you two share the intimate knowledge and appreciation of this new little being. Parenthood blew open the doors of my heart.
In relation to my writing, being a mother made me more compassionate, empathetic, and open. It made me understand how important it is for a writer to have great affection for her characters, no matter how much they screw up, no matter how much you might not want to eat dinner with them, you have to recognize and honor their complexity, their ability to surprise you. (Think teenagers here!) No judging.