Happy Birthday, Linda Spalding, born 25 June 1943
- Every family is an epic. Even a single generation has so many stories tucked away that ten thousand pages would be required to tell them all.
- I usually work on a computer, but I make notes all over the place and sometimes write sections by hand. I work sporadically but feverishly. Once started, I can go on and on for hours until the dog barks to be let out or the doorbell rings or I realise I’m too hungry to move my hands.
- After months of working alone, when the only voices you hear are in your own head, the pleasure of being surrounded by writers and readers is huge. I do have moments when I want to retreat and curl up alone in a big foetal ball, but the fun of companionship wins out every time.
- I’ve always let myself write. I’ve kept journals and written stories. In my thirties I wrote a novel, all by hand, in a spiral notebook. I had no real thought of publishing it, but when I moved to Canada and met other writers, I decided to rewrite the novel and look for an agent.
- I read and reread A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett a thousand times. This was the edition with the wonderful coloured glossy pictures and it surely provided all the direction I needed for later life.
- [I write] just about anywhere, but I’m happiest in my upstairs study at home in Toronto. That’s where all my books and toys and photos are.
Linda Spalding is a Canadian writer and editor whose work has been honoured many times. She is married to novelist Michael Ondaatje. She won the Governor-General’s Literary Award for her novel, The Purchase.
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