I just discovered this in-depth interview with Stephen King done by Mark Lawson on BBC4. No matter what your opinion about King’s work, this is a useful in-depth exploration of what it’s like to be a fiction writer. King talks about a writer’s life and how much of it goes into fiction, about the desperation of wanting to be a writer, blunt commentary on his first published book CARRIE, the struggle of being a novelist when you’re a teacher, the marketing labels put on writers, the difference between how genre writers are treated in America versus England, etc. etc.
This was a lot of fun to watch with a big mug of tea. Sort of like visiting your successful Uncle and his guest, and listening to them chat about the writer’s life before dinner.