During the three years it took to write Silk for the Feed Dogs, I became a student again. I’d never written a novel before. I devoured books promising me the gifts of the perfect first sentence, a gripping plot, brisk pace and correct usage of the semicolon.
But what really got me to my goal? Stalking Zadie Smith around New York CIty. I was present at her every reading, panel discussion and televised talk. Halfway through my writing of the novel she published her book of essays Changing my Mind.
The encouraging words she dashed across the opening page of my copy meant I didn’t change my mind. I kept writing. Then she came out with NW and “You will be published!” were the words she wrote on my copy. My novel comes out next month. It’s like graduation all over again.
You can buy Silk for the Feed Dogs here.