This piece speaks to a strong sense of loss and absence. How did it emerge?
This piece was inspired by my sojourn to Florida to tell my cancer-ridden and beloved father that it was okay to die. During that trip I found myself longing for a female sibling to provide assistance, company and comfort.
Who's inspired you?
My writing has been inspired by many wonderful writers and I am so grateful for my passion for reading. Because I tend to write about my family and my role within that structure, I gravitate toward authors such as David Sedaris, Annie Lamont, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, Sue Miller and Juno Diaz. Blue Nights by Didion and The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao are compelling and brilliant. One of my quirks is that I like reading award-winning books because it makes me feel good about myself.