The first one, my ur-Story, is that everything I write is an outsider story. And not an outsider story about finding the magic button and becoming part of the in group, but an outsider story about learning to be okay with being a freak.
The second one is that I write books about broken people. And I don't write books about broken people getting over their damage, getting redeemed or being healed by fire.
No, I write books about broken people learning to accept that there are things that just can't be fixed, because the universe is not fair, and to live with their damage, and to soldier on anyway.
You know, sometimes you just glance up idly from the keyboard, and your PTSD is sitting there on top of the monitor, grinning back at you like a big fat yellow goddamn Cheshire cat.