Stitches is such a wise and calming book. Were you inspired by the work of any other people as you were writing it?
Well, I began it the day after the shootings at Sandy Hook, because I wanted to be able to talk and listen to any Sunday School kids who might show up a few days later. I was sick with shock, and wondered, "How can there be meaning and a sense of safety for kids and parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles after Sandy Hook?". And I remembered novelist Barry Lopez saying that ultimately, as we have in the face of anything is compassion, and stories. So I started there, with a few stories that I thought might help in the chaos.