Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell opened up about her sexuality in a HuffPost Live appearance this week.
"For me, I feel it's important to own anything that's the truth," said the openly gay Cornwell, whose books include The Last Precinct and Dust. "I don't ever want dirty secrets in my closet."
Though she said she didn't feel compelled to incorporate lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) themes into her work, she nonetheless added, "What I do tell people is to be true to yourself ... don't make someone hide, don't shame somebody."
"I think we're more the same than we're different as human beings and we should embrace that," she concluded.