Before your first book, ‘The Shyster’s Daughter: A Memoir’ was published, your personal essays have been in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post. What made you decide to start writing about your personal experiences for public reading?
Writing about personal experiences has more of an immediacy to it than say a short story where things are made up. Some of the personal subjects I’ve covered in my essays like a woman marrying a man similar to her father or encountering racial tension while out running errands are situations in which many people may relate. I chose to submit my writing to major outlets because I wanted to reach a broader audience.
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