Hear Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winning author, talk about her recent book, The Burgess Boys. I have read all of her books except this one. Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle are my two favorites.
In this video, she talks about how and where she researched for The Burgess Boys, which was based on a true event.
She’s a self-taught writer and tells us how she got started in writing.
Strout says that a writer is not alone, she’s there with her characters, but it’s nice to be with readers at the book signing events too. During the Q and A, someone asked her if she thinks about her characters often. She said yes because they are her friends.
I met Strout at a book reading in Pleasanton’s Towne Center Books when Olive Kitteridge first came out. I sat next to her and we talked about the audience for our books. Her advice was, not to worry about the audience, just write a good book about what you want to write. I felt I had known her for a long time. She’s personable and tall. I’m only five two so I was impressed. She and Jane Smiley (another Pulitzer Prize winner) surprised me with their height when I met them in person.
Have you read The Burgess Boys? Which Strout book is your favorite?