You’re a writer. Do you have a parent who writes? Do your own children dabble with words? My mom writes; one of her poems was published when she was still in high school. Though I’ve encouraged her over the years to continue with poetry, she’s more into art and home design these days. My dad wrote a science fiction story when he was younger, which I’ve read with a critical eye, and it’s really good. He’s also gotten a Sudoku puzzle published in a magazine. One of my brothers writes, and I also have extended family members who write.
The following well-known writers had parents who write or have children who write. Truly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! (See next Friday for a Fun Fact post about writers whose spouses are also writers!)
The Trees: Stephen King (September 21, 1947) and Tabitha King (March 24, 1949). Stephen King published several short stories before his first novel in 1974. Since then, he’s published too many novels, short stories, collections, screenplays, and collaborations for me to count. Feel free to do so yourself! Tabitha King published her first novel in 1981 and since then has published eight novels, two nonfiction books, and several short stories and poetry.
– Joseph Hillstrom King aka Joe Hill (June 4, 1972) began writing short stories for magazines, literary journals, and anthologies in the 1990s. He published his first story collection in 2005. Since then he’s written two novels (one of which is being adapted into a film) and a comic book series.
– Owen King (February 21, 1977) published a collection of short stories and a novella in 2005.
The Tree: Carolyn See (January 13, 1934) published her first novel in 1970. Since then she’s published seven novels, four nonfiction books, and three novels with her daughter, Lisa See, and partner, John Espey.
– Lisa See (February 18, 1955) has published eight novels since her first in 1995. Her most recent novel is Shanghai Girls (2009), to which she’s currently writing a sequel.
The Tree: Janet Evanovich (April 22, 1943) published her first novel in 1987. Since then, she’s published a nonfiction book about writing, seven stand-alone romance novels, and numerous novels for five different series.
– Alex Evanovich created, wrote, and maintains her mom’s website, helped her mom write How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, and has co-authored a graphic novel, Troublemaker, with her mom.
The Tree: Kenneth Lamott. I couldn’t find a lot about the late novelist and nonfiction writer. I know he played a profound and vital influence on his daughter’s successful writing career. Anne Lamott says she learned the importance of perseverance and commitment to writing by watching her dad sit down to write at the same time every day. Please share whatever you may know about Kenneth Lamott!
– Anne Lamott (April 10, 1954) published her first novel in 1980. Since then, she has published seven novels and five nonfiction novels, including the ever-popular Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life.
The following is a bit confusing because the Tree published after her Apple! However, the daughter grew up watching her mother write letters and diaries daily and hearing hundreds of stories about her family’s pioneering past, which certainly had influence.
The Tree: Laura Ingalls Wilder (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957) wrote eight novels in the famous Little House series. A ninth was published posthumously, and diaries and letters were also published after her death.
– Rose Wilder Lane (December 5, 1886 – October 30, 1968) was a highly paid journalist, short story writer (several were nominated for O. Henry prizes), travel writer, and bestselling novelist of Let the Hurricane War (retitled Young Pioneers) and Free Land.
Have a fabulous and fun weekend, zigzaggers!!!
Who else can you add to this list? Do your parents or someone in your family write who may have influenced your writing career? Might your children be potential writers?