I wasn’t a very good poet and didn’t know how to become a better one. Also, stories drew me. My short stories usually arise from something that’s worrying me. They are more pointed, personal, pained. So far the movement of characters through landscape and time is the domain of my novels. I learned how to write in the third person by writing novels. I learned how to inhabit the lives of others. I haven’t given up on stories. I have a number in mind that I would like to write (or finish). But I seem to be able to do just one thing at a time. When I’m working on a novel, that’s all I’m working on.