Worth reading: About the author
My 6-year-old granddaughter, Gianna, has sent me one of her first written stories. Not only am I extremely pleased with her early accomplishments at writing, but also tickled because at the end of her story she added a sentence "about the author." She wrote "the author likes cats and dogs." Mind you, her story had nothing to do with domestic animals; it was about ice cream raining from the sky.
I am sure she picked up the "about the author" tradition from the many books she reads. After years in the book column business, I know there are two schools of thought. Some critics think the work should stand alone and the author’s background is of no importance. The other school thinks not.
A quick scan of local authors and their usage of said postscript:
- "The Silent Places" by James Patrick Hunt, "a practicing lawyer, was born in Surrey, England … now lives in Tulsa, OK."
- "Confessions of a Non-Barbie" by Kinda Wilson, "Kinda lives in Tulsa, OK and is an instructor at Oklahoma State University. She serves as the worship leader at the Sanctuary Christian Worship Center in Chelsea, OK."
- Or here is an older version from William Cunningham who wrote the "Green Corn Rebellion" in 1935, "Cunningham grew up in Watonga, OK. A journalist, college teacher and novelist. He was director of the Oklahoma Writer’s Project, part of the WPA."
In your reading experience, do you think such knowledge enhances your appreciation?
About the author: Angie Jackson is a former fashion model, now best-selling novelist who lives in an trendy loft in downtown Tulsa. She teaches independent writing at Harvard during the spring semester. She has lived and taught in England, Belgium and China.