For years, Junot Díaz was known for his explosive collection of short stories, “Drown,” set in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic. His readers loyally waited for his next book – a novel that took him 11 years to write. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” about a Dominican American nerd from Paterson, New Jersey, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Susan Wallner talks to Díaz about what New Jersey means to him, as a writer and as a one-time resident of the state. Read about his upcoming appearance at Rowan University here.