I have a daughter and a son, and both of them love stories. I like to think my encouragement has something to do with that, but I also think some of it is intrinsic to their personalities. They also love making up their own stories, and my 7-yo daughter has even started up her own WIP on the computer. It’s about a princess who is kidnapped by a witch.
I am related to a famous writer. My grandmother, born Nellie Dickens, had Charles Dickens as her great uncle. Her grandfather was his brother. And when I was growing up, my family would often mention that my love of writing may be inherited. I have always wondered if that is true.
I just don’t know, either way. None of my other family members have wanted to write, although most of us love books and reading, but what is it in us that brings the writer forth, and is it an inherited characteristic? I’d love to hear what your take is on this. If you have children, do some look like they’ll take after your writing ways? I do know, like my daughter, I was writing stories since I could spell. But unlike her, I didn’t have a parent or sibling who was already doing it. It was truly a compulsion for me, whereas in my daughter’s case, it may just be her wanting to be like Mommy. I suppose time will tell which it is.
The reason I’ve blogged about family and writing today is because I’m participating in a mass blogging! WOW / Women on Writing has gathered a group of blogging buddies to write about family relationships. Why family relationships? We’re celebrating the release of Therese Walsh’s debut novel today.
The Last Will of Moira Leahy (Random House, October 13, 2009) is about a mysterious journey that helps a woman learn more about herself and her twin, whom she lost when they were teenagers. Visit the WOW blog the Muffin to read what Therese has to say about family relationships and view the list of all the blogging buddies. You can visit www.theresewalsh.com to find out more about the author.
And because as writers we are aware that we have to promote our own work when we get published, we have Therese herself blogging on Thursday here at MM about how she got the idea for this mass blogging, and how it worked for her. So come back Thursday for information on an interesting book marketing campaign.