Patricia Cornwell (inside the mind of a crime writer)
Visit Patricia Cornwell's website for more on the mind of a crime writer, including her struggle with bipolar disorder, a condition Cornwell says is "quite common with artists."
"It is difficult to gauge how any medical condition affects one’s professional performance, but my suspicion is that the great range of feelings or moods does have an impact on creative expression and the intensity of the work. I can’t say that I am aware of a day-to-day challenge, but I suspect that for anyone who has any disorder (whether it is a psychiatric one or a physical one such as diabetes), it is inevitable that you tend to frequently monitor how you feel just to make sure that everything is in balance. And rather sadly, you tend to question yourself and your behavior more than someone else might."