Donna asked Frances Mayes:

Just finished Under Magnlia and appreciate the emotional courage it took to write this. Wonder if your writing has been the primary means of your healing or whether you've done other things in your life to move beyond your hurt,

Frances Mayes I invented a life for myself! One reason I wrote the book is that I wanted to show that you're not fated by the way you were raised. Just as we're influenced positively by great parents, we can be influenced positively by those who are not successful parents by determining NOT to be like them!

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