You may recall in a previous blog, I mentioned Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/.
Just to remind you, Goodreads is a really good website that allows readers to interact with their friends and review their favourite reads.
Having a look through Goodreads made me think about writers and how much we know about them. Of course, there are some whose lives are well documented through their writing and the media.
Over the next few weeks, I thought I would look at writers who I find interesting and inspiring and throw a few facts together about them.
No list would be complete without the writer of the autobiography I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou, so I will start with her.
According to Buzzfeed (https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/50-facts-everyone-should-know-about-maya-angelou):
Over the course of her life, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry.
Angelou was also the first African- American female member of the Directors Guild of America according to http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/us/maya-angelou-fast-facts/.
Next on my list is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author who wrote the powerful novel Half of a Yellow Sun.
According to http://answersafrica.com/captivating-but-lesser-known-facts-about-nigerian-novelist-chimamanda-adichie.html, at the age of 19 Adichie gained a scholarship to study communications and political science at a university in the USA.
In a 2013 article for The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/apr/19/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-stranger-fiction), Adichie mentioned writers like George Eliot, who she admired because:
the strength of their work is in the freedom, the unshackling, that fiction affords.
Now for a very well-known household name whose bestselling novels in the UK and America have been made into films and mini-series including A woman of substance.
Barbara Taylor Bradford attended the same nursery in Yorkshire as screenwriter and actor Alan Bennett according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Taylor_Bradford.
Taylor Bradford has sold over 88 million copies of her books worldwide in her long career. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10439832/Barbara-Taylor-Bradford-I-dont-believe-in-guilt…-I-like-myself.html)
I hope that you have enjoyed Part One, please join me in the next Writers Series – Did you know that…? Part Two.