Conversations with Lee Smith by Linda Tate, ed.
In this first book of interviews with Smith, she revels in character and sense of place as cornerstones to her art. "What interests me most in writing are the characters," she says. "I have a lot of trouble thinking of plots, but I love to create the people. I think a person that you create is coming out of some aspect of yourself."
Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi, 2001