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Lauren Groff —
born on July 23, 1978,
Lauren Groff is an American novelist and short story writer... (wikipedia)
Sometimes I read a biography of some tempestuous artist and find myself longing for fireworks! booze! bloody fights!; I do think that life must be so much more thrilling when you're actively miserable.
At least in my case, a very simple, regular, happy life makes for better writing.
The darkest period of my life, so far, arrived the summer I was pregnant with my eldest son. The future was growing in me with all of its terrifying unpredictability, and I found myself anxious, unable to work and woefully at sea.
If there's a black cat that crosses the street in my path, I will turn around and walk 20 minutes out of my way to not cross it.
I see history as really cyclical in terms of the intense idealism, and the desire to create a better life outside of societal norms.