What I learned about Lawrence Hill:
- He will graciously sign as many books as you can bring him.
- He writes his entire first draft without editing or worrying about how it reads; when finished, he will cut the unneeded parts and revise; cut and revise again; and so on.
- His first draft is usually 2 times as long as the finalized novel.
- He learned not to get attached to his ‘words’ when he worked for the Globe and Mail after university. His published articles sometimes did not resemble his original piece of work.
- He started writing fiction when he was 6 years old; age 14 is when he got serious about it.
- He does not actively choose the gender of his protagonist; he already has a character in mind when he starts a novel.
- On days he researches, he will always write because researching can be used as an excuse not to write.
- He found it a challenge to write from a little girl’s point of view for The Book of Negroes. (I think he nailed it!)
- He has learned to write in chaos – he has a family of seven.
- He ran the the character Ivernia Beech past his mother before his editor because Ivernia is based on her.
Things I learned about myself:
- When I take a selfie with someone I greatly admire, I will look like a crazed lunatic no matter how many I shots I take.
- I can’t wait to read The Illegal.