How author Vanessa Lafaye drew inspiration from the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane “On the one hand you have a set of real events that need to be depicted accurately, and on the other hand you have a bunch of fictional characters that you are making up from scratch, and you have to weave the two together.”
From an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine [October 3, 2014]
“…that was part of the passion that I think every author – and especially first-time authors – need to keep them going through all the obstacles you have to overcome to get a book published.”
Reading her words made me recognize a similar passion motivated me to start writing Ignoring Gravity, and which still motivates me as I write its sequel Connectedness. It’s not just me, as a journalist, who feels ‘safe’ starting with real situations then interpreting them, making them into my own fictional stories. I haven’t based my books on anything as concrete as a hurricane, but the harsh realities of adoption, the lifelong effect on a person’s life and sense of identity that adoption can have, meant I had to get the facts of adoption right. I’m even more motivated now. Since I first started blogging about Ignoring Gravity, readers have contacted me with their own adoption stories: that’s research manna from heaven for a journalist turned author, so thanks to everyone for trusting me with their experiences.
Click here for Vanessa Lafaye’s blog.
If you agree with Vanessa Lafaye, perhaps you will agree with:-
Hilary Mantel – remembers the first time she read ‘Jane Eyre’ 1-4-13
Caitlin Moran – reading is not a passive act
Tom Penn – remember the reader asks “why should I care? Why should I read it?’
‘Summertime’ by Vanessa Lafaye [UK: Orion]
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