Like most of us, I had an ... interesting childhood:
I had double pneumonia thrice ( the last bout nearly did me in.)
I was abandoned at six for 6 weeks on a street known as Skid Row in Detroit.
My step-father tried to kill me twice ... once by drowning ... once by electrocution.
You know ... interesting.
My isolation and ill health had me reading a lot ... like Saul Bellow,
the Canadian-born American writer
who won the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts.
As a child growing up in Montreal, Bellow was seriously ill and hospitalized as was I for a prolonged period.
This accelerated his reading and shaped the outlook which inspired SEIZE THE DAY and many of his other novels.
The following is excerpted from a 1990 interview: