What is your primary motivation for writing? That's easy. I want to share what I know with the world. It's exciting; sometimes I feel I'll burst. I may be short on credits, but I'm long on passion for my subject, my one and only subject.
Who has been an influence? Virginia Hamilton Adair, the poet (Ants on the Melon, etc.) She was my professor in college. Her fascination and encouragement were, and continue to be, the life-support of my endeavors.
Describe your writing process. It's complicated, painstaking. I look at each line, each word that Chaucer wrote. I don't give an interpretation of a line until I'm confident of every word, have examined alternate definitions, and considered their effect. Ann Arbor's Middle English Dictionary is an essential tool for the task.
I examine each character in "isolation." That is, I extract the description, observations by others, speeches from or to the individual, to see if we learn something we don't notice when the ideas are scattered, fragmented. The ideas each is concerned with can be seen as a telling monologue. This technique has brought several things to light.
What inspired you? When I was introduced to the Canterbury Tales, I was aware of a second level of meaning immediately. It was irresistible. There were many questions in my mind, especially regarding the make-up of the pilgrims chosen to travel in a group. Then one day, without any warning, I could see the answers to those questions, the "double" identity of the journeyers. I had to tell someone, everyone, anyone who would listen.
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