Welcome to the third in a series of four posts about inspiring and interesting writers.
Let’s dive straight in. My first choice this week is an award-winning writer whose accolades include the Man Booker prize. He has a Master’s degree in creative writing, is the writer of A Brief History of Seven killings, and was born in Jamaica. He is, of course, Marlon James.
According to http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/14/marlon-james-marley-murder-and-me, at the age of 33, James had 78 rejections for his work. Like John Grisham, James joins a list of writers such as JK Rowling and James Joyce who also had their fair share of rejections. JK Rowling has recently published her rejection letters on Twitter to encourage other writers. See this article for more– http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/25/jk-rowling-harry-potter-posts-letters-of-rejection-on-twitter.
Next is a very different writer, poet, and novelist, who was born in India, but educated in England. His most well-known work has become one of the best-loved animated films of all times. The Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. Kipling was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. See http://www.biography.com/people/rudyard-kipling-9365581 for more on his life. He is also the writer of the uplifting poem, If. For the full poem, see http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_if.htm.
The last writer for this week is a female whose book Small Island was made into a BBC series in 2009 which starred Naomie Harris. Andrea Levy, a British author, born of Jamaican parents started writing in her thirties and was influenced by her parent’s experience of coming to Britain on Empire Windrush. See http://www.andrealevy.co.uk/author/ for more information.
These writers are a testament to the fact that neither age nor background should be a barrier to stop you achieving your dream. They have also demonstrated that they have persevered through rejections to become well-respected accomplished writers. The old saying that you learn more from failure than success seems to be true.
I hope that you can join me for the last of the Writers Series – Did you know that…? Part Four.