Richard Ford talks about his new book, The Lay of the Land in this New York Times story.
Also...I've been thinking a lot about why authors live where they live and how you find writers in certain areas more than in other areas.
For instance, where I live, in Orange County, California, there are few authors. UC-Irvine is here, with the MFA program that most writers would kill to get into and when they don't, no matter how talented they are, it scars them for years, it seems. But when writers graduate from UCI, most leave the area. They go to Los Angeles, Northern California or far away. Is it just the cost of real estate in these parts, or is it something else?
A friend from ASJA said there are some 500 writers, agents and editors who belong to a group in Montclair, NJ, who get together and do events. 500? There was a piece in the New York Times a while ago about how Brooklyn is overrun with writers.
I've been wanting to leave the O.C. for some time, but I doubt it's for the same reasons that other writers don't stay.
Just mulling.....if you have any thoughts, let them fly. I want to hear.