A friend recently said to me, in response to a song I wrote about the 1917 Bisbee Deportation, "tell the truth." I try to do just that in my writing, whether fiction, memoir, poetry or music. In 2013 I had an important experienc that led to the end of my career as an Episcopal priest and the start of my new career as a high school history teacher on the US/MX border. I write about that experience quite a bit and most of what I will have on hand at the Tucson Festival of Books will be memoir about that experience. Even the fiction I will have reflects my experience even though it is couched in a made-up reality.
I hope that I have the opportunity to meet you at the Festival and that you find my writng interesting and compelling.
I want to be a successful writer - whatever that means. I suppose that if I can remember my friend's sound counsel and live and write by the maxim he offered, then I will indeed be a successful writer. Perhaps truth-telling needs to be the first priority in my writing. The rest - in particulary the outcome of my craft - I will leave up to my readership.