Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Interview with Laura Hillenbrand

Reading this poignant interview with Laura Hillenbrand (author of the best-seller Seabiscuit and the newly published Unbroken) will make you stop whining about whatever sad writing woe you’re currently whining about. She suffers from such severe chronic fatigue syndrome that she wasn’t able to leave the house for two years…and even so, she kept researching and working on her book.

“In the carefully calibrated world of Laura Hillenbrand, every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. On one day, she might agree to an interview but skip a shower. Energy is finite, and she typically has enough for one activity a day. She is constantly measuring herself, monitoring herself. She might write a bestseller - she might write two - but the ensuing fame will touch her only tangentially. She will not see her books in Barnes & Noble. She will not move into a bigger house; too much more space would be overwhelming.”

Read the rest of the Washington Post interview here.


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