I have the heart of an adventurer, the soul of a poet, and the body of the Pillsbury Doughboy. I grew up in Hamburg, New York, where, thanks to the local public libraries, I read authors ranging from Agatha Christie and Arthur C. Clarke to Charles Dickens and T. H. White. In 1983, after studying the Anglo-Saxons, Eastern thought, music appreciation, Chaucer, silent film, and a smattering of English and American history, I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Chicago. By day, I work as lead marketing communications consultant for a large health care insurer. By night, I am a healer-idealist dreamer trying to find my homeworld. Have you seen it?
My life has been steeped in loneliness, Mr. Smithson. As if it has been been ordained that I shall never form a friendship with an equal, never inhabit my own home, never see the world except as the generality to which I must be the exception.
—The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles