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I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading. Books were my escape from the legendary Buffalo, New York winters and probably contributed to my becoming a writer. Now I live in Central Virginia where I enjoy gardening, with the exception of fighting deer, who also enjoy my garden by browsing there regularly.
In the Giffort Street stories, collected in Harry Danced Divinely, I re-created the street where I was raised and populated the houses with imaginary characters. Almost every story has at least one room that was like a room in my house.