Any institution becomes a community - whether it's a high school or a boarding school or a publishing company or a small town where everybody knows certain things about people.
Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods.
I think secrets often come out. I spoke to a friend who is a therapist and I asked her if there were people who came to her and admitted to doing horrible things and she said, 'More than you know.
The original fairy tale was about the youngest sister going into a room in the castle and finding all the bodies of the wives that came before her - she is confronted with truth, thinking about how often we think we know people and we really don't.
I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life. Is there a risk? Always. In fiction and in life.
I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them.
Even in times when it's difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art - and books - always help.
I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it - the information just disappears out of my head.
I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman's domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
I can't really work on more than one thing at a time.
I'm much faster now. When you only have a certain amount of time to write, after a while you learn to use your time well or you stop writing.
Ironically, now that my children are older and gone quite a bit, I find it harder to work when they're not around. Too much free time!
Mothers always find ways to fit in the work - but then when you're working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you're with your children, you're thinking about working.
I always quit at three when my kids come home from school so I feel pretty spoiled.