So last week I mentioned some facts about high-profile writers. This week is no different as I continue along the same lines with more writers who I think are interesting and inspiring.
My first writer this week was so multi-talented that it is difficult to know where to begin to introduce him. He was a film-maker, TV producer, and the multiple award-winning creator of the long-running American medical drama series ER.
Not sure? Well, another clue is the Jurassic Park films? Michael Crichton was the director of these popular dinosaur films.
Now this question that I am about to ask is aimed at those of a certain age. Do you remember the frightening 1973 Science Fiction thriller called Westworld? Well, Crichton wrote and directed that too. For more about his remarkable life and career see – http://www.michaelcrichton.com/.
Next on my list is a writer whose real name is Mary Ann Evans. As a writer and poet in the Victorian times, this English writer wrote under the pen name George Eliot.
As women writers were frowned upon at that time, Eliot wrote under a male pen name as this enabled her writing to be taken seriously. The writer of Middlemarch and Silas Marner died in 1880 and was buried in Highgate Cemetery in London. For more information, have a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/eliot_george.shtml.
If you were unaware of where Eliot was born, just travel to Nuneaton in Warwickshire, where a hospital and school pay homage to her.
The last writer on my list is one of my favourite thriller writers. This American best-selling novelist has sold over 270 million books worldwide. John Grisham has had a number of his books made into movies, including The Pelican Brief, A Time to kill and The Firm. His career as a lawyer helped him to make the move into full-time writing when:
A case Grisham has been closely observing inspired him to start writing his first novel, A Time to Kill (1989).
Despite Grisham‘s phenomenal success according to http://www.famousauthors.org/john-grisham, he was:
Rejected by 28 publishers, the book finally found an unknown publisher who agreed to publish a limited number of copies.
The lesson for us all, is to keep going. If you love what you do, you will get through!
See you next time for Writers Series Did you know that…? Part Three.