Claire Gibson, BEYOND THE POINT

Claire Gibson, BEYOND THE POINT

Claire: We’re all constantly fighting the chaos that just comes into life naturally. My house, every day, I clean it. At the end of the day, it is a mess. You can let it be a mess or you just constantly work at keeping the chaos at bay. That's part of our human experience is learning how to make the most of the space that we have, whether that's creatively as a novelist trying to make things work, or in the military, constantly fighting against enemies that would like to make our country less safe, or in the case of that character, shaving every day just to keep your performance and your face looking professional.

Celeste Ng, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Celeste Ng, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Celeste: It’s interesting because I always think what do people who aren’t writers, how do they process all the things that happens in their lives? When they watch other people or they watch their family members or friends, they're like, you're doing something really different from what I’m doing. How do they make sense of that? For me, it’s on the page. I always wonder how people who aren’t writers, and I guess aren’t therapists, deal with that.

Lynda Cohen Loigman, THE WARTIME SISTERS

Lynda Cohen Loigman, THE WARTIME SISTERS

Lynda: During World War II, of course as we all know with the Rosie the Riveter stuff, so many women worked in the defense plants. I started the researching the armory. I thought I knew what was going to happen. I thought I was going to have this character. I just wanted to know what job she would have. I was going to do a little bit of research. That was going to be it.