Writing a book from beginning to end takes creativity, commitment, and chutzpah! After spending an hour with these three extraordinary authors you'll not only have insight into their creative process, you'll be inspired to dive more deeply into your own book writing journey.
Amy Tan: Where Does Creativity Hide?
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club (one of my all-time favorite novels), The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and many other novels and children's stories, digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending.
Amy Tan also wrote The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, which takes readers on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world’s best-loved novelists.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story (which picks up where Eat, Pray, Love left off), muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Elizabeth Gilbert has a new novel coming out in October from Viking Press, The Signature of All Things.
Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion
Isabel Allende, author of eight novels including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, and Zorro, discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.
Isabel Allende’s most recent novel is Maya’s Notebook.