This from a 10/09 Writer’s Digest interview with author Mitch Albom: After being a successful non-fiction author Albom says writing a novel was a bigger challenge.
“I had always dealt with the truth and the facts. As a result I’d been both limited by it and able to relax in it.
“When you’re writing a nonfiction story about somebody and he had two sisters and no brother, that’s the story. You never have to consider, What if he had two brothers? What if he had a handicapped brother? What if he had a brother who used to beat him up? All those possibilities start to haunt you when you write a novel. That really threw me.”