Russell Hill reading last Thursday night in Berkeley
Oh - fine, better than fine, in fact.
First of all, Mr. Hill is every bit as smart in person as he is on the page. Also, his wife Eleanor, a high school English teacher (huzzah!!) is sharp as tacks. But what I especially loved was that he brought a taped-together series of rejections from a story written some years back. A story, mind you, that eventually saw publication and, if it is one-tenth as brilliant as LORD GOD BIRD, stunned and awed innumerable readers.
The many rejections the story received, taped and folded and rolled, evidence of the kind of stick-with-it that separates the REAL WRITERS from the little boys and girls.
Nights like this are the best part of being an author - when you can talk books with like-minded folks and learn from the writers who elevate the craft