|Amy Bloom - photo from the Guardian|
"I wouldn't be the person I am if I weren't a mother. I would be very different without children. I would still write, but not in the same way. I'm very interested in families, and, of course, having your own children gives you a different take on what a family is. You learn a lot - whether you wanted to or not: things about yourself, your childhood, your own parents."
"Motherhood is a great gift to a writer. I'm quite interested in mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. I get feedback that mothers are received very positively [in fiction]. In fact, the response I get is that mothers are a favorite character."
The rest of the interview, which is twelve years old now, is on Writers Write is here.