Once I decided I wasn’t going to stop if I flinched, I figured I was opening myself up to some hard stuff. So, when it came, I kind of expected it. Maybe some of the beautiful moments of my life surprised me. Because I knew it was going to be a dark book. But I’ve been blessed with a lot of luck and love and beauty. And those came at me, too. Maybe that was a surprise that I should never let be a surprise. Something I should remember every day.
Over at Salon, Cheryl Strayed interviews her fellow writer and friend, Rob Roberge, about his new book, Liar; the difference between writing fiction and memoir; truth and lies; and memory. Read our own recent interview with Roberge here.