I’m appearing at Northwest Bookfest, Seattle’s celebration of books, authors and readers. Join me for a panel on memoir. I’m pleased to appear along with Richard LeMieux, Brenda Peterson, Chuck Randall, and Ed Lincoln.
I sat down with Theo over the weekend to discuss DOPEFIEND. I met Theo in her memoir writing class at the UW and she has fast become one of my biggest writing allies. She an excellent writer, with a fabulous blog. She also asks great interview questions. Here is one of my answers:
I don’t want to give away the ending of the book, but what happened caused me to reflect on how my addiction to heroin altered the course of my life; the real ways in which my selfish, immoral behavior as an addict changed the lives of others, people who I cared for, some very deeply. I think every recovering addict has these sort of feelings sooner or later. I know I have in the past. But this time I could also see clear, tangible evidence of how my experience with addiction could benefit others. My son, in particular. My worst failure had become my greatest asset.