Mary Gaitskill “It wasn’t fast, partly because I had to learn to ride horses in order to write it.”
[on writing ‘The Mare’, in an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine]
Gaitskill’s original idea was for a film, not a novel. She wrote a 30-page treatment in 2007 and sent it to her agent who said it wouldn’t work because it didn’t know if it was either a dark, gritty story or a Walt Disney story. Gaitskill said she wanted it to be both. She tried to forget about it, but couldn’t, wrote 50 pages and kept writing.
She had initially thought she could watch other people ride and ask questions, but that didn’t work. “I very quickly learned I didn’t even know enough to realise what people were doing. So I had to do it myself.” She spent three years learning to ride even though she was afraid of horses.
‘The Mare’ by Mary Gaitskill [UK: Serpent’s Tail]
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