Emily Bestler learned early to love books. "When I started reading, I was doing something everybody else in the family did," she said. "It's what we did together as a family." It's a tradition she's passing along to her three children - girls 9 and 8 and a boy, 4. They want to be writers when they grow up, though, not an editor like mom.
Amanda Patton would never give up her day job. "I'm doing what I was meant to do," she laughs. "I get to talk about books all day—how great is that?" Amanda is an editor at Plume, a trade paperback imprint at Penguin Putnam, Inc.
John Connolly is the author of Dark Hollow. Private detective Charlie Parker finds himself hunting a mythical killer through the forests of Maine in winter, decades after his own grandfather tried to find and capture the same killer. (Simon & Schuster, July 2001).
Betsy Berne is the author of Bad Timing, a hip, knowing funny/sad first novelthe story of an affair, set in the rarefied climates of Manhattans art, jazz, and magazine worlds. (Villard Books; spring 2001).
Authorlink talked with Steve Riggio, vice chairman of both Barnes & Noble.com and Barnes & Noble, Inc. in his New York office in mid-April about his vision of eBooks
David Ebershoff is author of The Rose City, a collection of seven short stories about men and boys forging their way in a chaotic world (Viking; Weidenfeld & Nicholson in the UK, May 2001). David also is publishing director for The Modern Library , an imprint of Random House.
Novelist Neal Bowers' latest work, Loose Ends (Random House, Spring 2001), is a darkly funny tale whose style and wit mark the debut of a very special writer. Here he talks candidly to aspiring Authorlink writers about his career as an author published by a major house.
Julie Salamon is an author, journalist and critic whose books include The Devil's Candy (a national bestseller), The Net of Dreams, White Lies, and The Christmas Tree--a New York Times bestseller. She is now a television critic for The New York Times. Her latest book, Facing the Wind, A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation (click to order via Amazon.com), will be released by Random House in April, 2001.
The two most important things a writer needs to do to improve his or her craft are to write a lot, and read a lot. Reading the classics is an important step every writer needs to take as he or she refines their skills. It is important to know what precedes him or her as a writer, who has written what. Writers can learn the basics of style and plot and storyline from the classics, even writers whose style is not at all classical.
My memories of books go way far back--my mother read to us all when we were very small. I was in a book club when I was about three, and read incessantly. In fact, my mother has a small Hummel of a little girl reading, called "Bookworm," that she bought because it reminded her of me. It was always books for me.