What it means to be human is the white whale that I have been chasing and will chase for the rest of my life. I believe that I come close and each answer I find opens new questions, but I've learned a few pieces of the puzzle along the way: That our moral obligation is to be happy, that the key to humanity is recognizing true beauty, even when it's not pretty, and that the one wish you should ask the genie in the bottle for is to be satisfied with what already you have.
I've always struggled with feeling in place and feeling as though I am at home. My life at this point is the closest I have come and it feels good to live with love and a family. Writing helps me to get some of that soul out of me because if I keep it to myself it hurts.
I suspect that all authors are writing autobiographically on some level in any fiction they create, and the characters in my stories are all parts of me.
Dostoevsky will always be a true love of mine, Crime and Punishment in particular but I have read all of his work. I also enjoy Vonnegut, occasionally Rand, Cormac McCarthy, Darin Strauss, and a long litany of others too numerous to name.
Welcome to Fictionaut, Jason!