(Tina Feineberg, Associated Press)
Congratulations to Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones, on winning the National Book Awards Top Honor for Fiction!
The author nearly gave up on writing altogether before she landed a book contract. “My first novel was dead in the water for three years, three years of submission and rejection, and I had exactly one story published during that time. I was working at the University of New Orleans during the years following Hurricane Katrina. Driving through New Orleans East for work, through that wasted landscape, the houses rotting and spray-painted, the empty streets, the waste from the flood still sitting where the water deposited it when it receded, subdued me so thoroughly I didn’t write a new sentence for three years,” she revealed on her blog. “Fine, I thought, I’ll shut up now. I told despair: You win. I began looking up the prerequisite courses I’d need to enter a nursing program, began plotting my return to school, my leave from writing. And then Doug Siebold of Agate Publishing said yes to Where the Line Bleeds. Two years later, my editor at Bloomsbury Publishing said yes to my second novel Salvage the Bones. And now, the folks at the National Book Foundation have said yes.”
More at the Guardian website.
What an inspiring woman!!