Charlie Rose: Are you surprised that you became a writer?
Octavia Butler: Oh, no. I had one choice, well two choices: I could become a writer or I could die very young. There was nothing else I really wanted.
Charlie Rose: What was it about writing for you?
Octavia Butler: You’ve got to make your own worlds. You’ve got to write yourself in. Whether you are a part of the greater society or not, you get to write yourself in. So, I get to write myself in.
A watering for the flower of my heart via Octavia Butler’s light. (part 1)