I think voices evolve, and I expect that mine will keep developing over time. I do recall the moment when I initially “found” my voice, though. After years of stories that didn’t quite feel real, I hit upon one that worked. It worked because it was honest, and it was coming from deep within me. At that point, I could look back upon my earlier work and see that it was largely sentimental—full of unearned emotion because I hadn’t lived the feelings I was trying to write about. Once I resolved to write truthfully, from the heart, it began to click. That first serious story got me admitted to my M.A. program, and within a year I began publishing my fiction.