Recently, along with my youngest daughter, about 10 of her friends were in town to work on a project relating to her church and she thought it would be just great if they all came to my house for dinner. They would get to see her family home, meet her mother, and get a home cooked meal. At least that’s the way she pitched her idea to me at the time, and since I’ve always had an open door policy when it came to my children’s friends dropping by, I agreed. (Not a big deal—three pots of chili and a pan of cornbread fed everyone.) And it was fun—I’d not met any of the close knit group she hangs with since moving into her own apartment in Des Moines, and they seemed to be a very nice group of young adults. Later that evening, one of her friends made the comment to my daughter that her mother was quite a raconteur.
When related to me, the comment made me realize something—most of the writers I’ve met are raconteurs. Thinking back on the conferences I’ve attended and the panels I’ve either served on or watched, most of the questions asked are usually answered by the author with an anecdote. Even when authors are simply hanging out, the stories flow as quickly as the beer (or drink of choice, depending on the particular author.) Personally, I love it—I not only like telling stories, but it’s fun listening to them, too. And they’re usually followed by a great deal of laughter.
This brings me around to a question—kind of a “which came first…the chicken or the egg” thing—is the telling of anecdotes a natural extension of writers spending their days putting words on paper? It’s what they’re comfortable with. Or did the stories come first? Is it something that they’ve done all of their lives and now they're sharing them with a larger audience? What do you think?
One last thing—the marketing team at William Morrow has offered to run a contest on my Jess McConkey—Author Facebook page. Our goal is to hit 100 “likes” and once we do, all those who’ve hit the “like” button will be eligible to win one of the five copies of LOVE LIES BLEEDING that they’ve offered as a prize. So if any of you or your friends are interested, please check it out.
That’s all for this week—have a good one!