I wanted to write from earliest childhood but was spooked by an English professor at Vassar who gave me a C+ on my first short story. It took decades before I tried again. When my mother died, I inherited a treasure trove of family papers depicting deep unhappiness among my maternal forebears. I used the material to write Women of Privilege, published in 2013 by Academy Chicago to critical acclaim. Booklist and Library Journal praised it, as did a reviewer who wrote: "If Edith Wharton, J. D. Salinger, and Jeannette Walls collaborated on a story, this would be it." I'm now writing a sequel in which I'm exploring what The Feminine Mystique did to so many educated American women in the second half of the 20th century. It is memoir with a look at how the imagery in our unconscious can lead to escaping the strictures we internalized when young.