Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H: Writers on Writing - Joe Hill

Today's Writer on Writing - Joe Hill 

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About the Writer

Joe Hill is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories and two graphic novels. I am in the midst of reading his graphic novel series Locke & Key, which I adore. He won the Eisner Award in 2011 for "Best Writer." Second to his writing, Joe Hill is known for being part of one pretty well-known writing family: Joe Hill is the son of Tabitha and Stephen King, and his younger brother, Owen King, is an author as well.

Joe Hill Fiction is the name of Hill's website, but he also has a tumblr page called Joe Hill's Thrills and can be found on twitter @joe_hill.

My Thoughts About Hill's Statement

When you know who Joe Hill is, or, rather, who his father is, and you hear him say that,

"Every writer who is any good is the child of another writer."

as he did in an interview with Vulture along with his novelist brother, Owen King, you may come to believe that he is being quite arrogant. You might even become slightly offended if you find yourself as the first in a family of non-writers. However, his statement is not limited to familial ties, he says,

"They may not be the child of another writer by blood, but literally the child of another writer. Our dad [Stephen King] is the child of Richard Matheson, and has talked about that in very concrete terms. Jim Harrison is the child of Ernest Hemingway. Tobias Wolff, too."

Finally, he quotes a fellow author, Michael Chabon,  to place this all into a perspective that rings true to nearly anyone who has spent time weaving tales,

"Michael Chabon says all fiction is fan fiction — that every writer, when they set out to write a book, sort of has these other books in their head that they adore, and they want their book to make people feel that way."

We want to make people feel that way. It is not about rewriting the great story. It is not about replicating what has already been done, or living in someone else's writing shadow. Writing is all about sharing the wonderful feelings we once had when reading someone else's work. It is all about recognizing our own book love and a belief in one's own ability to, perhaps (if we are lucky), pay it forward.  

Who do you credit as your writing parents?

If your actual parents are writers, how has that influenced you as a writer? 

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  1. JulieJordanScott2April 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    This is completely in line with what I believe - note my Literary Granny series, also borne from A to Z... coming again in May! Stephen King influenced me, also - not from his fiction but from his book "On Writing" a book I recommend to folks thinking about writing. Another great entry!

  2. Great post! I have not heard of Joe Hill. But his quote resonated w/ me - we learn from other writers. Aloha from Hawaii!

    Maui Jungalow

  3. I really need to read one of Joe Hill's books. I have Horns on my wish list, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

  4. D'oh! I'm using your blog as the hop off point for my daily Stumble-a-thon, but I keep forgetting to comment on your posts.

    I've been enjoying them all, Nicole! I'm so impressed by how well crafted they are.

    I'd never heard of Joe Hill, but now I'm intrigued.

    As for my writing parents... Hmmm... I'd have to say that Anne Frank and Anais Nin are a couple of my "writing mamas" because I their diaries inspired me to keep one of my own and that is what has kept me writing all these years.

    ~Tui Snider~

    @TuiSnider on Twitter

    My blog: Tui Snider's Offbeat & Overlooked Travel

    I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!

  5. Can I be related to him? Wouldn't that be lovely. I think I am still workin out the kinks as to who would be my writer parents, can I name a cousin? Molly Peacock. When I read her memoir, I knew I had to write.

  6. I'm claiming Madeline L'Engle as my mom!
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