"When I was 13, I discovered journalism. I was painfully shy and I found that as a reporter I could have access into worlds where I felt I didn't truly belong, worlds of privilege. I had been writing all my professional life but it wasn't until I was well into middle age, about when I turned 40, that I was able to look inward and explore issues that really meant something to me personally. And I guess that's when I finally decided I wanted to become a real writer."
— Jeannette Walls, The Silver Star