I feel that the inspiration to write a memoir is motivated by unfortunate (but, with time, eventually fantastic) experiences - when you wrote Under the Tuscan Sun in spurts, did you find it negative at first? Did you re-write some parts because of that? PS - You've been a literary and life-inspiring hero of mine since the age of 15!
Thank you! Under the Tuscan Sun was such a spontaneous and happy writing experience. Never negative because I was learning a new language, meeting Italians, restoring a house, and simply writing about my fresh and exhilarating experiences.