Monday, August 20, 2012

My life story- in ten authors or less

Like Wallace Thurman and Neal Cassady, I was born in Salt Lake City.

I went to the same high school as another Wallace, Wallace Stegner.  (and Roseanne Barr as a matter of fact. High School Musical was filmed there-yep, okay. I’ll stop.)

Like both Wallaces, I went on to the University of Utah. And like Thurman, I was a pre-med student while there.

Like Pearl Buck, I spent time abroad as a missionary.

Like Harper Lee I was once an airline reservations agent. Unlike Harper Lee, I didn’t have friends who funded a one-year sabbatical so that I could finally write my lasting literary masterpiece.

Which is why I’m a marketing slave in corporate America, which kind of makes be like Kurt Vonnegut, who worked as a PR man at GE before exploding onto the literary scene.

Like Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor and Margaret Mitchell, I now live in central Georgia. (But yikes, unlike  those illustrious southern belles, I hope to live past their average 46 year lifespan. Perhaps Erskine Caldwell, who was born just 20 miles away and lived to age 83, bodes a little better for me.)

What about you? Who shares your biography?


  1. I like this idea.

    Since your life and mine track pretty closely for the first 20 years or so (separated by a decade), we share the first three writers. Here are my others:

    Like Arthur Conan Doyle, I lived in Scotland.
    I studied history like David McCullough. I also studied business, but that doesn't appear to be effective training for great writers.
    I worked as a copywriter like F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Heller, and James Patterson. I wish I could write as well as Fitzgerald and sell as well as Patterson.
    I like to ride a bicycle, much like H. G. Wells.
    And, now that I have reached middle age without publishing a book, I hope to publish my novel later in life like Raymond Chandler. Maybe even a detective novel.

    1. Awesome. A great and illustrious list. I had no idea H.G. Wells was a cycling enthusiast:

      "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."
      -H.G. Wells