April 10, 2015
Why I Write
A while back, the wonderful Jen Forbus was collecting six-word memoirs from various crime and thriller writers.
The exercise was inspired, she wrote, by the line attributed to Ernest Hemingway (a frequent supporting character in my Hector Lassiter novels) that resulted from a challenge to craft an über short story. The result, legend has it, was pitched as a kind of classified ad by Hem: “For sale, one pair of baby shoes, never used.”
In my Lassiter novels, Hemingway and fellow novelist Hector play a game called “One True Sentence.” One of the authors starts a sentence, and the other tries to finish it in the most pithy way possible.
So, in the spirit of One True Sentence, and of the six-word memoir, this is the answer I gave Ms. Forbus about why I write, and, in the end, who I am:
“Born to write; writing to live.“
Craig McDonald is the author of the Hector Lassiter series and more: www.craigmcdonaldbooks.com