With Did You Ever Have a Family (Gallery/Scout Press), Bill Clegg makes the transition from memoirist to novelist. He talks about writing down the words "she will go" as the moment of realization that his latest work was meant to be fiction. His main character became a woman and provided him with an alternative background, as well as the opportunity to have conversations that could not otherwise exist in a non-fiction memoir. Ultimately, his book and its title are a statement on the kindness of strangers and the necessity to fashion one's own family.
Read an excerpt from Did You Ever Have a Family.