Truth be told, all of the heroines in my books, including my science-fiction novellas, and excluding my novelettes and children’s books, are me. I design them after myself with physical differences and circumstantial differences. The voice of my poetry is my own; but they are also works of fiction. I used to write short stories when I was a child, and all of my main characters were not me. Were they? When I conceive of a story, I picture myself handling all of the challenges, experiencing the sights and sounds and smells and tastes and sensations, and ultimately conquering the battle. And my stories and novels hopefully reflect how I feel about you all. And once I have convinced you all how much I love you, I will have left my mark upon the earth.