For me, a writer is a filter of experience – experience both lived and observed. So when I write, I am inspired by real people and I write about real people. My characters do not come straight out of my imagination. They leap out of life into my imagination where they become involved in a struggle for freedom because that is what I am interested in – defining freedom. That is what writing is – the documentation of a writer’s pursuit of freedom. Most of us tend to take the word freedom for granted and assume we know what it means, and that it is all good. But total freedom is frightening. It makes the onerous demand that one take responsibility for creating one’s life. To avoid that responsibility, most of us submit to unfreedom: the security of social norms and values even when these become restricting. A writer does not.