Why is it so difficult to know what to put here?
I am the youngest of four children, raised in the old-fashioned Irish-American way. I butted heads early on with the good sisters at my Catholic elementary school, and ended up leaving high school for college with no diploma. I wear my high-school dropout badge rebelliously and proudly.
I have far too many advanced degrees, but they have been helpful in my non-fiction and my historical fiction. I started writing fiction when I was four years old; non-fiction came much later, when I was in graduate school. Some of my non-fiction is published, lovely dry academic prose. Very little of my fiction has ever seen the light of day, but that is going to change.