Conversation with two 71-year-old writers

September 7, 2013

Interview with Sena Jeter Naslund.

During a discussion of our autumnal years, we two women aged 71 find parallels in our writing life. Sena’s ninth novel, The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, and my first, Back Home in Landing Run, both due this fall are landmarks in our lives. With these books, each of us answers internal questions: Who am I? What do I believe? What is it like to be a writer? Our paths to falling in love with writing are similar and in fact are much like other writers reveal: we grew up in families that read to us and we came early to the idea that words can transport. The crucial memory for each of us was knowing the hunger to write those words that will move readers and to put those words into beautiful sentences. Writers find joy with other writers—to explore creativity, find differences and much more similarities, especially in these later years when life takes on a wonderful, meaningful urgency to make it count.

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2 Responses to Conversation with two 71-year-old writers

  1. “…wonderful, meaningful urgency…” Your words are always so poetic, Mary. Glad I spotted this entry by happenstance on the fb newsfeed! You know that I’m right there on the same page with my novel. This is a lovely site, and now I’m going to read your other posts. BTW, I love the simplicity and look of your title with POP smack dab in the middle. This paring down of your prose is going to make it pop!

  2. P.S. What a rare role model we have in dear Sena and her work!

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