The Authors Road is a
project of Willamette Writers
We know writers by their work, their impact, or their awards and reputations – but we know little about why writers write, how they write, and what they see as the future of this art.
The Authors Road explores these topics and the art of writing in a series of interviews with working and respected writers and others involved in the world of letters. We hope to learn what inspired them, how they do it, and how technology has changed the craft.
We are doing this because we are avid readers and writers, love to travel, and are curious about the dynamic changes in today’s writing and publishing scene . . . .
The Authors Road is a journey of discovery. We are writers, artists, parents, travelers and documentarians, and along with our dog, Ella, a truck named “Rocinante Tres” (after Don Quixote’s horse and John Steinbeck’s camper-truck), and an RV named “Hardscribble Hacienda” (after the home of an old friend, writer Hugh Mulligan), we are on the road.
"Easy reading is damned hard writing." Nathaniel Hawthorne
Daniel H. Wilson
George R.R. Martin
Tony & Anne Hillerman
Jean M. Auel
Lois McMaster Bujold
Patricia C. Wrede
Jo Harvey Allen
Laurie R. King
We are doing this to honor one of America’s greatest natural resources — its writers.
We hope you enjoy the wit and insights of these writers, and are perhaps inspired to take up pen or keyboard and share in humankind’s most personal and enduring art – storytelling.
Our Cara Black interview is now up! Watch for the Mary Roach interview in the next few weeks.
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Congratulations to Dr. Haki Madhabuti, our 27th interviewee, who was chosen as one of the three recipients of the 2014 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. This award celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. Also recognized this year are Joyce Carol Oates and Ian Frazier.