Sunday, 18 March 2012

AMY BLOOM ON BEING MOTHER AND WRITER

Amy Bloom - photo from the Guardian
Happy Mother's Day, to my Ma and to my sisters and to all of you who are mother-writers. A couple of quotes for the day from Amy Bloom, who is coming to Cúirt in April. Can't wait!

"I wouldn't be the person I am if I weren't a mother. I would be very different without children. I would still write, but not in the same way. I'm very interested in families, and, of course, having your own children gives you a different take on what a family is. You learn a lot - whether you wanted to or not: things about yourself, your childhood, your own parents."

and:

"Motherhood is a great gift to a writer. I'm quite interested in mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. I get feedback that mothers are received very positively [in fiction]. In fact, the response I get is that mothers are a favorite character."

The rest of the interview, which is twelve years old now, is on Writers Write is here.

4 comments:

Emily said...

Being a mother certainly changed my perspective on *everything* : I wouldn't have produced half of what I have done if not for being a mother... and I feel that it became so less 'hollow' post-babies. Happy, blissful Mothering Sunday Nuala, and a lifetime of joyful mothering and joyful writing XXX

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

I know what you mean, Emily. Kids make life so much sweeter. Have a great day and continued creativity. N x

Rachel Fenton said...

I definitely only came alive after having children and I love reading other mothers' takes on writing with kids (I know, a laptop would be easier...)

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

THat's sweet, Rachel - 'coming alive'. It defo makes you fiercer, having kids. There's more at stake.