Rosellen Brown is best known for her novels, including Tender Mercies (1978), Civil Wars (1984) and her bestseller, Before and After (1992). She has also published poetry and story collections. A former recepient of a Howard Foundation grant, two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Houston, Texas, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Houston. 
Mar 01 1994
An Interview with Rosellen Brown
Interviewer: Can you tell us about your background, your family, and early influences?
Brown: I think my beginnings as a writer were not unlike those of a good many others. I was feeling particularly cast out at a certain point. I was nine, and the writing was a comfort. We had just moved from one coast to the other and I was very lonely in a new school, so I started taking along a secretarial notebook in which I didn’t so much confide as create friends for myself, and play with language, right there on the playground where I thought at the time I was being ignored by the real kids.