I look at every detail of rooms I imagine. If it is not there, I conjure it up.

I inhabit the room and experience the noises, smells, and personal details. I work toward emotional verisimilitude in all the details of experience — the way it happened, even though this is something that in reality has never happened.

The ‘good eye’ that enables me to draw the likeness of a cat is the ‘mind’s eye’ that enables me to writer a scene based on the imagery in my head. I sense the good eye and the mind’s eye are linked.

I don’t have to wait for scientific research to tell me whether that’s true.”

Amy Tan in Where the Past Begins