1. I’ve done all kinds of jobs to fund my writing. The one that gave me the greatest insight into my fellow human beings was waitress-ing at wedding ceremonies. Heightened emotions; family members who haven’t seen each other for a long time; public speaking; and a good dose of alcohol: the scene is set for rich and compelling drama!
2. When I was growing up, my sisters and I used to put on concerts like the one staged by the Hartford children in The House at Riverton. We made tickets to sell to mum and dad by perforating paper with the needle in a foot-operated antique Singer sewing machine.
3. Drama training was excellent preparation for writing. I often find myself pulling the facial expressions I’m describing for my characters as I sit at the computer. Not a great look when I’m working in public!
Last updated on December 21, 2009 by Kate Morton