We all have unlived lives, says writer Margaret Atwood, and for her, that alternate life was becoming an illustrator.
"I started drawing comics as a child," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish.
Atwood grew up reading and enjoying comics and, around age 6, she started drawing a flying cat with wings. But, she says, "I wasn't good enough. I knew people who were good enough and I could tell the difference."
Now, nearly 70 years later, Atwood's cat flies again in a graphic novel called Angel Catbird.