It's impossible to write about Native life without humor-that's how people maintain sanity.
It didn't occur to me that my books would be widely read at all, and that enabled me to write anything I wanted to. And even once I realized that they were being read, I still wrote as if I were writing in secret. That's how one has to write anyway--in secret.
By writing I can live in ways that I could not survive.
It kills your writing if you try to manipulate it with crude politics.
I have brothers and was a tomboy, if that's still a designation. It wasn't a stretch for me to think and write as a 13-year-old boy - it is freeing.
I spend most of my time writing.
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