I sat at a typewriter behind a closed bedroom door for a lot of my adolescence. I can’t even remember what I wrote—probably some poetry and fantasies—but I do remember why. I wanted to create a world that I controlled and that made me feel good. I became amazed and confused by the weird person coming to life on the written page. I worried what would my parents think. In reality, I was so ordinary and bland that I couldn’t stand my personality any more than I thought I could change it—but my imagination insisted that I try...
The Writer's Quandary
“The Writer’s Quandary” examines the winds of change in publishing from the writer’s point of view. In a 50 year career, Michael R. French looks at how evolving reader expectations have affected his craft, marketing, needing a writing team, and the task of selling books. As change and opportunities for success accelerate, is there still a place for “serious writing?"
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Michael R. French graduated from Stanford University where he was an English major, focusing on creative writing, and studied under Wallace Stegner. He received a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family.