An Interview With Larry Andrews,
author of Songs of Sadness, Songs of Love, and
The Russia-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery
by Nadia Janice Brown, CEO, Author & Book Promotions
- What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
1. The first thing I read was the daily newspaper. It was an evening delivery so after my mother had dinner prepared, we'd sit side-by-side on the couch waiting for my father to come home; mom read the newspaper to me. Soon, we had a "you read to me I'll read to you" pattern. Reading was an activity I learned by observation, then practice.
2. Not counting school assignments (most of which was not writing, it was parroting), my first writing was as a sports reporter. I was already employed by the local newspaper to deliver the carriers' bundles to their homes. Since I was in the newspaper offices everyday, I knew when there was an opening for a part-time writer in the Sports Department. That was my beginning as a writer.
3. My first readers were my mother and a Sports Editor. Today I ask 3-4 friends to read my drafts.