BW: You are almost 13 in this book. Why did you decide to start at that age?
LS: I started like most people as an infant.
BW: I meant why did you decide to start the book at that age?
LS: Oh. Well, the book is about terrible things and sinister things that happened to me at that age. Had terrible and sinister things happened to me at a different age, I would write about that period. This particular case happened to happen when I was about 13.
Lemony Snicket, in an interview at newsday.com