For most of us, writing means writing alone. How exceptionally lucky Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant were, then, to have labored together for more than forty years to produce their eleven-volume Story of Civilization. This week, please blog about your favorite book written by partners in writing as well as in love.
Two recent sad passages inspired this Red Letter. First, we learned that Kathi Kamen Goldmark had succumbed to cancer on May 24th. Kathi was known to everyone on Red Room and in the wider world as a multitalented author, musician, and community-builder. She was a wonderful friend to literally hundreds of Red Room authors. Kathi and her husband Sam Barry took their years of experience in publishing and co-wrote Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now!Barry Epstein is just getting started on Red Room. He wrote us just a couple of weeks ago to say that his dear wife Darls had lived just long enough to see the final proofs of Usher’s Harbour, the novel it had been their dream to publish together and which was just released. Our hearts go out to Sam and Barry, and we’re so proud to showcase these couples’ work this week.
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WRITING TIP FROM THE LATE, GREAT AUTHOR RAY BRADBURY
“Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”
It’s wrong that Kathi left us too early, but she was not cheated by life—not one bit. She lived each day so fully, with so much joy, that she managed to pack several lives into her one, too short life.”
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