Monday, 14 October 2013

Literary heroes and what they say about themselves

Here's a small collection of quotes from famous Authors. What do they have to say about themselves?
  • “I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.” - Stephen King
  • “I can’t change overnight into a serious literary author. You can’t compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not.” - John Grisham
  • “I don’t know why I started writing. I don’t know why anybody does it. Maybe they’re bored, or failures at something else.” - Cormac McCarthy
  • “Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name.” - Vladimir Nabokov
  • “A conglomerate heap of trash, that’s what I am. But it burns with a high flame.” - Ray Bradbury
  • “I’m slightly mercenary: I write for the money.” - Frederick Forsyth
  • “I fell into writing, I suppose, being one of those awful children who wrote verses. I went to a convent in New York—the Blessed Sacrament… I was fired from there, finally, for a lot of things, among them my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was spontaneous combustion.” - Dorothy Parker
  • “It was then that I saw the business of writing for what it truly was and is to me. It is your penance for not being lucky. It is an attempt to reach others and to make them love you. It is your instinctive protest, when you find you have no voice at the world’s tribunals, and that no one will speak for you.” - Anita Brookner
  • “I’m the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.” - V.S. Naipaul
  •  “The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today. I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role.” - J. M. Coetzee 
  • “I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones - like most writers.” - Erica Jong
  • “I never wrote so much as a line worth a nickel when I was under the influence of alcohol.” - Raymond Carver
  • “I’m pleased to have outsold great writers. But I’m not insane - I realize I am a writer people buy to take on vacation.” - Maeve Binchy

Author photo (c)Christopher Shoebridge
Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. He often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines.

His debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is a supernatural story and is available from Amazon.

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