Writer | Horse trainer | Artist
Wow! This is one of the best, most interesting interviews I’ve read on SS so far! Elliott is whip-smart, wise, and very insightful. I totally agree about writing for the pure love of doing so, not to chase external (and ephemeral) validation. Intriguing but frightening point about SS and free-speech versus bottom lines. This seems true. We’ll see how things shake out; hopefully SS will be different but maybe there isn’t a ton of reason to necessarily expect this. Who knows. Funny about her NYC ‘everyone identifying as a writer’ experience.
By far the best line: ‘The only thing I remember about it was that everyone there gave unsolicited introductions of themselves as artists or writers—as in: Hello, I’m Mia; I’m a writer. It was bizarre. All I could think was, “bitch, please, you wait tables”. 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Great interview and I’m giving both of you a “10”. The questions and the responses were fantastic. I’m really enjoying these interviews and getting to know all of you. Thanks Winston, and nice to meet you J.M.
Great convo folks.🔥 Loved the quintessential indie writer spirit on display and much pen wisdom too. Thank you - you’ve transformed today’s shit shovelling into the art of fine manuring.
Great interview! I loved it. I like reading about how others got interested in writing in the first place. It also amazes me how many writers started out as artists. But what I like is how you can read one little snippet from some ancient tome and all of a sudden--call it the Eureka moment--there's an idea for a book. Mine is Tacitus and his ANNALS OF IMPERIAL ROME. Put that together with the ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, and wow, there's my next book. As much as I like fantasy and other stuff, Historical Fiction is what I like best.
Loved the interview! I always enjoy conversations where I learn new things and I definitely came away feeling that way after reading this interview.
Great interview! I think JM is right about what makes history so interesting-- the fact that so much of it is and probably always will be unknown. Even recent history is full of stuff that has slipped through the cracks.
Oh, and good advice re: writing because you want to feel validated. Everybody likes to be praised, of course, but writing is way too time intensive to be worth doing it for that reason.
Tremendous interview. I loved catching a glimpse of the gorgeous farm! I wish I had JM’s stores of energy: full time job, working the farm, and writing! It’s made me ashamed of my sloth. 😂
Very interesting interview!