My personal history with books began with frequently getting in trouble for reading instead of cleaning, or reading in the bathroom, or reading at the table, or being irreverent to books my mother felt were too serious to be found funny. My father read to us until we were high-schoolers and my most vivid memory is of him reading Don Quixote and pronouncing the name--and everything else within--with razor-sharp precision. These memories and having felt so many things when I read as child makes up the voice and tone I use when I write: emotion, humor and precision. These do not always appear in the same story together, but when I use them, each has its root in my history.
N. Annette Knight