"Anybody who writes a book is an optimist," the much-honored writer says, with a dry impishness, in a phone interview. "First of all, they think they're going to finish it. Second, they think somebody's going to publish it. Third, they think somebody's going to read it. Fourth, they think somebody's going to like it. How optimistic is that?"Hurrah to you, optimists! Who says being an aspiring writer isn't fun?
Margaret Atwood, prolific author and adorable lady, may write about really depressing things, but she says she's still an optimist.