I love the pic (above). Made me rethink self-publishing whereby I could chose a cover for my next novel....hmmm.
The house in the photo is my mother's abandoned family homestead. So you see, when I say humble beginnings...
I REALLY mean humble beginnings!
Don't get me wrong - I'm well aware of my privileges & my challenges.
What's the point, you ask?
See, over the weekend, I was chatting with a writer-friend about a recent book launch we attended. We both noticed that lately writers keep emphasizing their connections to hard times & the rural poor, & THE DISENFRANCHISED...
(oh right, like using words such as disenfranchised isn't a sign of privilege)
One of these confessions came from a white, university-educated guy who grew up in an urban, affluent family & whose main connection to poverty was a paid trip to get in touch with & help the needy in poor countries.
Seriously? What IS that all about?
Must writers look back at every miserable obstacle & look equally miserable as a precursor to success?
Or, is it that age-old stereotype that without poverty & hardship, a writer couldn't possibly dip into the well of human dimension?
Last I heard, Stephen King's riches are not hindering his creativity, nor his characters' dimensions.