A gorgeous interview with my dearest, Deborah Reed. The photos (including one with, ahem, yours truly, and what she says about the apple-and-Mounds Bar lunches is absolutely true) are dynamite, including this one of Deborah shooting like the seasoned frontierswoman she figuratively and sort of literally is.
And then there's this, when asked if she has any advice for up-and-coming writers:
Write through the crap. And I mean the daily crap, not just the crap you think you’re up against when you first start out. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s all crap in those first drafts. But if you don’t write it because you don’t want to see crap on the page, because seeing it there makes you feel like you’re not “good enough” then you will eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy of not good enough because you will never get to the good stuff. Shut up and trust me on this. It’s like any art—sculpture, painting, music, it’s all the same. It doesn’t arrive fully formed. You have to shape and reshape and throw out and start over again and again before the finished piece appears. Work hard. Talent and putting in the hours are two different things, though putting in the hours hones the talent so they work hand in hand. Now get to work and stop reading interviews about other writers writing.
Love her xx