Why did you write this book?

Most of the time, it’s difficult to identify the exact moment that a work of art springs to life. In this case, it’s a little easier. At the end of 2008, I did a special limited-edition art book project with Hotel St. George Press called Correspondences: it was a beautifully constructed box with fold-out flaps, and the stories in it mostly concerned letters and letter-writing, and the way they affected (mostly doomed) relationships between people. I always knew that it would have a second life as a more traditional book, and when Harper Perennial approached me about exactly that, I was ready with nine more similarly themed stories.