WRITERS & MADNESS

Recently, I received a text from a close friend who had gifted my novels to her grandmothers, one of whom said, "She must be extremely smart to be able to write a novel." And while I most certainly appreciated that gift, I was also relegated to the fact that in order to write a good story -- to be a writer -- one doesn't necessarily have to be "extremely smart;" instead, it helps if one is damaged. J. Anthony Lukas said, "All writers, I think, are to one extent or another, damaged people. Writing is our way of repairing ourselves." Naturally, most writers and readers would bring to mind the troubled lives of the Fitzgeralds. And, many years ago, when a distant relative compared the life m

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