Susan Storer Clark
I’m the kind of person who asks why things are the way they are. It’s that curiosity that leads me to study history. I know some people seem to think that the world around them was simply created as they see it, as though God made not only heaven and earth but also Krispy Kreme donuts, or anything else they happen to like. I usually figure that the reasons for human customs and inventions are human ones, and, while they may not be good reasons, they always interest me. Curiosity also drove my work in broadcast journalism, and I still think the best job in the world is one where you have to learn something new every day.
This kind of mind-set has led me into some fairly out-of-the-way areas. I wondered hard enough about why Puritans became Puritans that I left my home town of Memphis, Tennessee, to study in London, and ended up writing a 360-page thesis about the administration of the archbishopric of York in the 1580s. A question about what might have happened to a scandalous woman’s baby led me to research and write The Monk Woman’s Daughter.
“What happened?” is only a beginning, though; it’s often fun to ask about what could have happened, and that’s why it’s such a pleasure for me to read and write historical fiction. I have other pleasures, too: making music with groups of friends, tending the garden at our house near Seattle, exploring the Pacific Northwest, keeping up with the news and being constantly amazed at what people use their brains for. So I’ll be writing about all these things, partly because when I’m writing I feel that I’m doing what I’m really supposed to be doing. I’ll also be writing about writing and other authors, using some of the resources I’ve gained writing for the Washington Independent Review of Books and the street newspaper Real Change. Other topics may include stories of poor people in America, the adventure of dealing with my aging mother’s Lewy body disease, spiritual practice, and my own progress through this plane of existence. And corvids. I love crows, ravens, jays, and that whole family of remarkable birds.
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