I have been writing non-fictions for years and but secretly wanting to be a novelist when I first started writing at the age of 30, it was with the intention of writing fiction but it took a little detour uh for 10 to 12 years and wrote non-fiction which I have absolutely no regret about it all. I think it was exactly the right thing for me to do. But there was that dream tucked away inside of me to do this now remember reading something …(人名) wrote, you know, who is the great novelist from Mississippi who had a big influence on me actually. She said, no art ever came out of not risking your neck and I think she’s absolutely right about that. It felt that way to me at the time and actually feels that way to me every time I sit down to write something. Finally, in the early nineties, I took my deep breath and started writing fiction. It felt risky at the time to do that and one of the very first things that I wrote was what I thought was going to be the first chapter of a novel called the secret life of bees. I wrote it in 1992 and it is actually essentially the first chapter of the novel as it is now.