Every now and then someone asks me, why do you write about people like that?
I ask, people like what?
Well, these folks say, you seem like a pretty happy person, more or less, and you have a great marriage and you like where you live and you love your dog and you don’t worry about having enough to eat or your health, so why don’t you write about nice people?
Nice people? I ask (because although I know what they mean, I like to tease.)
Yes, I don’t like a lot of your characters, they’re too . . .