Something struck me recently while reading. I am a bit of a nerd, and I actually do read the author interviews at the ends of books. I also read the acknowledgements pages, as well as the author bios, and it is not uncommon for me to be found creeping online for info about whatever writer I am presently reading. As a writer, in general, other writers fascinate me.
But what struck me was what I have found most interesting about authors. Of course, I like to hear about their process and about how they got their big break, and where their big idea came from, and all of that. But I realized that I was increasingly becoming more interested in the non-writerly things they do. The things they do for enjoyment, humanitarian work they’ve done, or non-writing work they do or have done in the past.
For instance, Isaac Asimov…
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