Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, recently interviewed award-winning author Rachel Simon, writer of the bestselling memoir, Riding the Bus With My Sister, for a feature that appears in the December 2011 edition of The Writer. Simon discusses why she writes.
I’ve always loved the very act of writing, by which I mean sitting in a quiet place, putting pen to paper and seeing what emerges. I started doing this when I was 7 and my family moved. By writing my friends letters, I learned how to enjoy the solitude and contemplation required for writing, as well as the creative pleasure of finding styles and subjects that would appeal to each recipient. Within a year, I’d begun writing short stories and discovered they offered just as many rewards.
By now there are many additional reasons, including my desire to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves or are ignored by society, like the people with disabilities in The Story of Beautiful Girl and Riding the Bus With My Sister.