…m the issue to make a story that was not a biographical one, nor a kind of personal therapy for me. No Smoke is not my story — it is a fictional play. I am insistent on that in all my writing. I allow the characters to borrow from real life, and there are indeed totally truthful elements in the place, but few people know what these are. What needed to be told was a story that could be held more universal for the themes, tap into anyone’s personal story, and bring focus upon the issues in a natural way. A personal and vengeful rant at the injustices of the world would have been useless.