I did an interview for The Seattle Review of Books with writer and professor Renee Simms, (University of Puget Sound). I was really excited to do this interview and the questions were interesting and thoughtful. Renee’s writing, creativity, intellect, humor, and pragmatism have influenced my writing and life in so many ways. To those beginning their writing journeys, it is necessary to find others who are on a similar path. It makes a tremendous difference. I remember grateful always to the PEN Emerging Voices program that provided me with the opportunity to meet such people. To date, it remains the most significant program that I experienced in my early writing career.