“What it takes is to actually write: not to think about it, not to imagine it, not to talk about it, but to actually want to sit down and write. I'm lucky I learned that habit a really long time ago. I credit my mother with that. She was an English teacher, but she was a writer.” – Luanne Rice
Luanne Rice has been a regular on the New York Times’ Bestseller List, but then she’s had lots of opportunities, producing 31 novels so far. Her work has been translated into 24 languages and 5 have been made into movies – two of which were selected for TV’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame.”
Many of her novels deal with love and family, although it is about nature and the sea that she truly excels. Among her works are The Lemon Orchard, Little Night, The Silver Boat, and Sandcastles. Born 60 years ago this day in New Britain, CT, Rice got into writing early and had her first published poem (in the Hartford Courant) at age 11. Her first short story was published in American Girl magazine when she was 15, and her debut novel, Angels All Over Town, at age 30.
As a just-beginning novelist, Rice was married to a law student and would sit in on lectures on criminal law and evidence, mesmerized by how the cases would unfold and getting ideas for her writing. From that she developed a research and writing style that have led to her remarkable success.
She said she enjoys doing research, and also writes down her dreams – both of which make up parts of her work. But, she said, she bases many characters on the real people she has met and is inspired by. “While novels are fiction, mine are usually very close to my heart.”
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