(*and please do note, that among other things, Hosho is discussing his forthcoming debut novel Chinese Gucci, one may still Pre-Order Chinese Gucci through 11/5 here and one may very well want to do so post-haste)
Which is to say that we are all Terry Hiner, well, Terry H. Watkins, all the time, and at this time Terry H. Watkins and Darling Girl are ONE QUESTION and you can read said question, and said answer, here. You can read some excerpt below. Word.
“Why did it take you so long to write your first book?”
I was always an avid reader, a habit instilled early on by my mother. But even as I read some books and thought that I could have done a better job, I lacked the confidence to write myself. It wasn’t until I was teaching that I started modeling different kinds of writing for my students – pattern poetry, the How-To essay, the personal narrative. When I asked my students to write, I wrote alongside them. Then, using my own writing, I walked them through how to edit, how to polish a piece. I let them pick apart what I wrote the way I picked apart what they wrote. The first chapter of my book was entirely written when I was teaching 8th graders at Mendez Middle School. After that...
They are so The Writer's Handful and big thanks to the Patricia Ann McNair for that. Excerpt? Word.
What’s the most important advice you ever received? (Writerly or otherwise.)
Don’t worry about what other people think about you because mostly they don’t. I was very self conscious for much of my life. I’m glad I finally started following it.
If your writing were an animal, what animal would it be? Because…
My writing would be a snake because it sheds its skin. My second book will be unlike my first book in so many ways or at least I hope it will. I hope that my readers will be comfortable with that.