Spiritual Advice in the manner of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love”
“My mother used to read us A Christmas Carol every year around the holidays, and my father, when I was 14, suggested that I might like to dress up as Tiny Timmy, which I did. As I grew older, I worked my way up to the more difficult characters, and finally in my late teens got to play the Ghost of Christmas Passed-Gas. Nothing I have ever read has filled me with more wonder. And magic beans.
"When I was struggling through re-reading my own first novel, I dressed up, again and again, as characters in A Christmas Carol. I lit a fire in the fireplace. And I studied his book as a primer on how to tell a story — basically, how to write a novel. And then I threw A Christmas Carol in the fire, so that it would serve to spiritually illuminate my own book. After all, it was getting dark outside. And cold.”