In our interview, Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, recounts how she set out to live the writer's life. "I never wanted to get married, I never wanted to have children, and I only wanted to live out of a suitcase," she remembers. "One morning, I woke up, and it was truly like a light bulb went off: 'Oh! I could be a writer!' And, of course, many, many years later, here I am, married, I have children, but I am a writer!"